We’ve all been there, stuck queuing in a line for what feels like a decade and you’re left with just one overwhelming urge: To sit down.Well we’re here to tell you that you can sit down, as much as you want.All you need to do it is buy yourself a wearable chair.It’s called the Noone Chairless Chair and it is at first glance what looks like an exo-skeleton that straps to your legs.However, at the first sign of tiredness you simply bend your knees, the braces at the back will lock into place and voila....you have a chair.The chair was designed by the Swiss company Noonne AG and is primarily suited for work environments where employees are on their feet for long stretches of time.
Instagram finally added the ability to zoom in on photos last year, which you activated using a pinch gesture.Now Facebook appears to be bringing the gesture over to your News Feed.I was browsing my feed earlier today when I noticed a Facebook animation tell me I could pinch to zoom into a photo.There are a few stray mentions of the feature on Twitter over the past couple of months, but I couldn’t find any other reporting on it, so I assume it was probably a small test that went under the radar.Though the feature didn’t work on any iOS device we tried, we were able to replicate it on four separate Android phones, so it seems the company is rolling out the feature more widely now.Of course, you could already tap on a photo to open it and then zoom in, but the new feature is a faster and more seamless way of expanding a photo without leaving your News Feed.
Content produced in association with Iterable.One core tenet of this approach is prioritizing customer engagement over acquisition: focusing on retaining existing users instead of just acquiring new ones.Studies show that a 5% increase in retention can result in a 25-95% increase in profit.Combined with a robust email marketing strategy, these channels can help drive growth from beginning to end: from early-stage brand building, to boosting conversion rates, to re-engagement and loyalty.Enhanced with the right data, this low-cost approach can deliver astronomical value for money.More than 1 in 10 SMS exchanges in the U.S. are with businesses – used for everything from confirmations and verifications to coupons and customer service.
The security industry needs to worry less about technology and more about people, said Facebook's security boss.Alex Stamos scolded the security industry in the opening keynote of the 2017 Black Hat conference.He said there was too much focus on technically complex "stunt" hacks and not enough on finding ways to help the mass of people stay safe."We have perfected the art of finding problems without fixing real world issues," he told attendees."We focus too much on complexity, not harm."He cited examples of technically brilliant presentations at the show, such as insulin pumps being hacked, that had little relation to real issues experienced by people who use technology rather than work with it or understand it well.
Get ready Pixel fans, we’ve got some new render images (and the accompanying video) for you, on this mid-summer day The new leaked info shows both Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL models which are based on factory computer-aided designs and rumored dimensions acquired by ONLeaks.The images come with some dimensions regarding the two rumored smartphones, with the first (Pixel 2) being approximately 145.3×69.3×7.8 mm (8.2mm if we count the camera hump) in size and the second (Pixel 2 XL) 157.6×76.3×7.9 mm (8.6mm with the camera hump).Don’t get your hopes up just get however, we have still quite a long way to go until we see these two models officially.According to rumors this could happen sometime in October.Now have a look at the video below:
Social media marketers, do you feel a brief pang of envy when a brand gets sassy on Twitter or Facebook?We may never get the sweet satisfaction of seeing a tweet full of biting wit go viral.The good folks at Sprout Social just released their Q2 2017 Sprout Social Index, and they’re taking aim at precisely that question.It lets people know that there are actual human beings behind the brand, seeking to entertain just as much as they inform.But we should make sure the humor is not all that we’re bringing to the table.Sprout Social found that while 3 in 4 consumers appreciate humor from brands, being funny was 4th on the list of what consumers really want from brands on social media:
And it’s an increasingly common situation: A 2016 United Nations report found that 1 in every 113 people in the world is now either internally displaced, an asylum-seeker or a refugee.Women typically make up half of these populations, the report noted, and “those who are unaccompanied, pregnant, heads of households, disabled, or elderly are especially vulnerable.”Programs like Eat OffBeat aim to help these women land on their feet.In Paris, Les Cuistots Migrateurs employs refugee caterers.And at Hot Bread Kitchen, just 40 minutes south in East Harlem, women with low-income status, most of them immigrants who hail from diverse backgrounds ranging from Turkey to Ethiopia, participate in a six-month-long program designed to teach them how to make a variety of breads from around the world.In fact, it was co-founder Manal Kahi’s hummus recipe that inspired her and her brother Wissam to start the organization, shortly after she arrived in New York from Lebanon in 2013.
A bill that bans the use of VPNs, as well as anonymous browsers like Tor and online proxies, has been passed by the Russian parliament.It has now reached the president's desk where it will become law of the land once Russian President Vladimir Putin signs it.The bill was passed on 21 July amid protests from the Russian public who took to the streets on 23 July in Moscow.Protesters demanded that the internet remains free and uncensored while also calling for the resignation of the head of Russia's state media regulator 'Roskomnadzor'.Rights activists protested the recent crackdowns by the Russian authorities on free speech over the internet.The Russian government, however, is justifying the censorship arguing that it is battling extremist activity.
Another day, another terrific roundup covering the best paid iPhone and iPad apps of the day that have been made free for a limited time.OmniFocus’ interface was designed from scratch for iOS and organized around your data—your stuff—to make it easier and more natural for you to quickly get ideas into and out of the app, whether you’re using Getting Things Done (GTD ) or any other productivity system.OmniFocus’ sync format is encrypted so even if your server is compromised, your data is protected• A flexible hierarchy: keep all your to-dos in one list or use as many levels of Folders, Projects, Groups, and Actions as you need to stay organized• Assign contexts based on location, people, energy level—whatever you’d like to use to organize your to-dos• Plan your day’s errands by listing nearby location-based contexts or viewing them on a map
How will artificial intelligence (AI) shape the future of humanity?It's a question that is being hotly-debated among some of the more prominent technology figures, from Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to Tesla's Elon Musk.Cuban, the multi-billionaire tech investor, businessman and star from US Dragon's Den clone "Shark Tank", said he believes that many people are still underestimating the potential AI has to radically alter the world we live in, especially when it comes to the sheer pace of progress."It scares the s**t out of me," he told attendees at the Ozy Fest conference in New York City, as reported by CNBC this week (Tuesday 25 July).He continued: "However much change you saw over the last 10 years with the iPhone, over the last 20 years with the internet, over the last 30 years with PC's, etc., that is nothing."Either you make them think for you or they will take your place and do the thinking for you.
£1,200 upfront cost denied the public access to justiceThe Supreme Court has ruled that current employment tribunal fees are unlawful, opening the floodgates to hacked off employees (and ex-employees) across the country.In an application for judicial review brought by trade union Unison, the court unanimously found that the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013 broke the law because it denied the public access to justice.In addition, the order was found to have discriminated against women because women, statistically, are more likely to bring employment tribunal proceedings.The ruling will cost the government around £32m thanks to a pledge it made to reimburse all fees if it was found to have acted unlawfully.The Fees Order was made by the Lord Chancellor, who in modern times is also the Secretary of State for Justice.
Finding a messaging app all of your friends can agree on can be quite difficult.If you live in China or another country with heavy government restrictions, you might even suddenly lose access to your favourite messaging services and no longer be able to use them.However if you connect to the Internet using a VPN , you will be able to access your favourite sites and services from anywhere in the world.Most VPN service providers offer services globally and thus charge in US Dollars rather than in local currencies, so we've listed pricing in Dollars for the sake of simplicity.Bear in mind that when you click through to the actual deals, you may find the prices automatically displayed in pounds, or whatever your native currency may be.Here are some of the best deals we found for bypassing region blocking to access our favorite messaging apps:
In what is now the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind, scientists have presented compelling evidence in support of this rather alarming assertion, showing that sperm counts have dropped more than 50 percent in just four decades.By conducting a meta-analysis of 185 studies published between 1973 and 2011, researchers from the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai documented a 52.4 percent decline in sperm concentration, and a 59.3 percent decline in total sperm count among men living in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.The same declines were not observed among men living in South America, Asia, and Africa, where fewer studies have been performed.The men used in these studies weren’t chosen because of any suspected fertility issues.Alarmingly, the rate of decline does not appear to be stopping; the downward slope was “steep and significant” even when the meta-analysis was restricted to studies done after 1995.Low sperm counts are often an indicator of other health problems, and are often used by doctors to predict health and morbidity.
But soup and smoothie subscription service Daily Harvest has been able to successfully counter that perception, by putting its organic smoothies, overnight oats, chia puddings and sundaes front and center on Instagram.A little over a year since it went national, the startup has managed to surpass 1 million smoothie sales, attract high-profile investors like Gwyneth Paltrow and Serena Williams and amass a significant number of social media followers, particularly on Instagram."Instagram has absolutely helped us build our brand," Rachel Drori, Daily Harvest’s founder and CEO, told Business Insider.The startup has sidestepped traditional advertising to focus on social media, with Instagram forming the bulk of its efforts.A majority of Daily Harvest’s marketing efforts on the platform have been organic posts, sprinkled with with paid ads here and there.The brand’s Instagram strategy involves highlighting its bright and colorful ingredients and boxes, usually pitted against a white backdrop so that the colors pop even more.
Adobe announced a cloud-based photo editing app at last year’s MAX conference it called Project Nimbus.The new app is based off Adobe’s Lightroom and looks to simplify the user interface and make the program more friendly for mobile users.Nimbus will join a niche of "lite" versions of other Adobe offerings like Photoshop Express and Illustrator Draw.A beta was due out for the new app sometime this year, but according to French website MacGeneration, the app was inadvertently released to some Adobe Creative Cloud users.The company quickly caught the mistake and pulled the app, but not before some users snapped screenshots of it being downloaded.While Nimbus is based on Lightroom, it is not quite the same.
Automattic, the company behind WordPress, Akismet, and Gravatar, today unveiled the National Security Letters (NSLs) from the FBI, in an attempt to cast light on what these secretive letters are and what kind of information they request.Paul Sieminski, general counsel for Automattic, explained that NSLs are hard to talk about, due to the fact they often come with non-disclosure clauses.Regardless, he says Automattic has concerns about the NSLs and what they contain:…we take our commitment to transparency very seriously, and believe that our users and the public have a right to be informed about the nature of the tools that the government uses to conduct investigations and the scope of their use.… We also continue to believe that NSLs pose serious constitutional concerns, particularly because they indefinitely prevent companies like us from speaking about them, and informing our users or the public about the NSLs that we receive.All of the NSLs appear to be the same, barring the specific URLs and emails they request.
Remote workers are often happier, more loyal, and more productive than their office-bound counterparts.Much has been said and written about the benefits of hiring remote employees.Two identical brick-and-mortar stores just a few miles apart can perform very differently solely because of location.In contrast, one of an online store’s greatest strengths is its lack of location.Not having a physical location helps a small or mid-sized online retailer compete with massive retail chains.Focus on what your remote workers are accomplishing rather than worrying about where they are.
We've all seen the photos, young people enjoying themselves at the comic convention in San Diego.And there's only so many superhero outfits we can look at before thinking "I wonder if there's any porn of this".And it seems that this is a trend that PornHub has noticed too, as it has told us that searches for Comic-Con were up a staggering 2767% over the four days of the convention.It's predictable, but Wonder Woman was an area of some interest for users of PornHub too.People obviously inspired by the powerful movie and the performance of Gal Gadot and the fact that hundreds donned her costume for the SDCC.Interestingly, Harley Quinn searches were only up 45%, but if we had to guess, that's almost certainly because Harley Quinn searchers are pretty high all the time.
Thanks to trickle down technology, the Blackview A7 has now hit a sub $50 price point!There was a time that just $50 wouldn’t get you much of an Android phone, but those times are well behind us as is evident with the Blackview A7.The A7 is now priced at only $49.99 yet comes with features that are proving to be popular with tech lovers around the globe.Standout features for this budget smartphone include a 5-inch display, 1.3Ghz quad-core chipset, and Android 7.0 operating system.To ensure the Blackview A7 meets the low, sub $50 price point, the phone also comes with a 2 megapixel front and 1GB RAM, just enough to ensure that the stock OS runs smoothly for day to day use.What’s really interning is that the A7 is a dual camera smartphone boasting dual rear lens made up of a main 5 megapixel camera and secondary 0.3 megapixel sensor for capturing photo with a deep field of vision.
Reports are emerging that Facebook is working on a smart speaker to join the rapidly swelling ranks already filling our homes.According to DigiTimes, unnamed sources from "the upstream supply chain" have confirmed that the speaker is going to be released in the first quarter of 2018.Said to be designed by Facebook’s secretive Building 8, the smart speaker will feature a 15-inch touchscreen manufactured by LG.This screen is apparently the thing that will set Facebook’s offering apart, as it's focusing on image display rather than voice recognition functionality.This makes sense for Facebook, with its mostly visual platform both as a social media giant, and its hugely successful chat app Messenger.This means it will be in direct competition with Amazon’s Echo Show.