Larry Wilson

Larry Wilson

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Last month China issued the world's first ABS deal backed by revenues from a sewage treatment Public-Private Partnership ("PPP")In China, no different from elsewhere, local governments are expected to provide better and greener energy, transport, telecom, water, sanitation, etc.But, unlike other local governments, they are expressly expected to absorb an additional 100 million rural migrant workers from the countryside under a adopted in 2014.Nevertheless, China's State Council , also dated 2014, requires local governments to cut back on investment and delever their balance sheets.Infrastructure finance has always been a challenge.Projects that are good for growth and life quality are good for government; but the long payback times, low returns and ever-present risk of sovereign interference are a hard sell for commercial investors.
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But brands need to stop ‘spamming’ consumers with irrelevant messaging and target them contextually within their environment if they want to add value to their customers, agreed panellists at The Drum’s personalisation event, in association with lifecycle engagement platform, Appboy.Speaking at The Drum Arms pub in London last week, the panel, which consisted of speakers from News UK, mobile transformation company Somo, Mediacom Worldwide, Appboy, and events startup Revl, argued that spamming disguised as personalisaiton will only hurt a brand's reputation.“My expectation for what I see on billboards are not super high but when my phone vibrates and I see a message, it better be delivering value to me,” said Bill Magnuson, CEO & co-founder at Appboy.Personalisation is the implicit inference from the data that we collect about people.“Most brands are rightfully trying to add value [through personalisation] but right now are being let down by the data that they have and finding out why the consumer would want to respond to that,” he said.For Sleight, we have only "scratched the surface" on location-based targeting, as most of the personalsation that brands try to provide is "completely out of context".
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How an ecommerce site looks and behaves speaks to its safety and credibility.Customers hate slow loading websites.Two of the most often cited reports about how site load time impacts conversions come from 2009.First, in June 2009 Google reported the results of an experiment wherein it slowed down its search page load times.Just a 400-millisecond difference resulted in 0.44 percent fewer searches.Next, a 2009 study from Akamai stated that online shoppers expected a website to load within two seconds, and something like 40 percent of shoppers simply leave a website if it takes too long to load.
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REUTERS/Danny MoloshokElon Musk is one of the most accomplished tech leaders inYou'd think this guy never sleeps. he does in fact sleep!In a Reddit AMA from 2015, the Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO said he sleeps "almost exactly 6 hours on average."That's slightly below the average amount of daily sleep Sleep Foundation, which recommends that adults over 18 get
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A Chinese court has ruled in favor of Apple in design patent disputes between the Cupertino, California company and a domestic phone-maker, overturning a ban on selling iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones in China, Xinhua news agency reported.Last May, a Beijing patent regulator ordered Apple's Chinese subsidiary and a local retailer Zoomflight to stop selling the
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Apple fans are going loopy for the new red iPhone 7, but it could soon have a contender in the hot or not smartphone stakes.Judging by an image leaked on Friday, Samsung will release the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 in a fetching blue variant.V3 has the scoop on what looks like a potential fifth hue for the long-awaited Android flagship.So far, courtesy of leak king Evan Blass, we’ve seen Black Sky, Orchid Grey and Arctic Silver.Pictures of a gold variant have also been doing the rounds this week.While the image displayed on Friday doesn’t show much other than a blue-ish outline, the ocean scene depicted on the display offers more of a hint.
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Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to set the record straight over the forthcoming Tesla Model 3 electric car.The Telsa CEO attempted to clear up the misconception that, due to the numbering, the Model 3 is the “next version” of the company’s technology.Instead, Musk reaffirmed the Model 3 remained a more affordable version of the Model S with a shorter range, less power and fewer features.If that didn’t clear things up for those thinking the Model 3 might be the new flagship, Musk added the Model S “is the car I will keep driving even after Model 3 arrives.”He also said an all-wheel drive version of the Model 3 won’t arrive until up to 9 months after the first versions of the car go on sale.During an active Friday afternoon on the social networking site, Musk also released a video showing the first drive of a ‘release candidate’ Model 3.
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It was only last summer that Apple CEO Tim Cook declared his vision for a company that lasts one thousand years.But Cook's far-reaching calendar already seems to be in trouble, with an ever-growing list of rivals and weaknesses threatening to undermine the Apple empire.Just consider:Google's homebuilt Pixel phones are innovating where iPhone stagnates.Microsoft is now building PCs and tablets that turn more heads than the Mac and iPad.Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant and Echo device are poised to own the nascent smarthome market before Apple's competing HomeKit really builds any momentum.Meanwhile, Apple's biggest fans worry that the company is losing focus, building iterative and inelegant new hardware rather than the highly-polished and groundbreaking products that the company made its name on.And impatience for new iPhones, the mysterious "Apple Car," or even the reported Apple smart glasses runs rampant.That's not a very reassuring situation for a company with such a long-term ambition.And with only a few years under his belt as CEO of Apple, Cook still has a lot to prove.But while everybody freaks out over the idea that Apple has lost its mojo, it's worth stepping back and look at some of the things the company has already done to safeguard its future.Children are the futureIn the short term, Apple is easing up on its infamous "Apple tax," lowering prices for its products in a bid to reach a bigger audience.Just this week, for instance, Apple revealed a new low-cost iPad and it upgraded its least-expensive iPhone model, reflecting Apple's desire to fight Android in terms of price, not just features.That cheaper iPad is great for consumers, but it could also give Apple a new and more stable foothold in classrooms, too.Cook has said on multiple occassions that he wants Swift, Apple's homegrown programming language, to be the main way that kids get into programming.
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A growing number of global brands have pulled their advertising campaigns from YouTube over the past week after finding their ads had appeared next to extremist content.Google, which owns YouTube, has vowed to tackle the issue by working on toughening up its policies, making its advertiser controls easier to use, and hiring more staff to police content deemed unsafe by advertisers.However, as this illustrative chart from Enders Analysis shows, at least some of the blame for such ad misplacement falls on the ad buyers themselves:The chart demonstrates that the cheapest ads — bought using automated systems on ad exchanges that serve ads to a swathe of sites across the web — carry the most risk, whereas ads that have been directly sold by a media owner — and particularly broadcasters — are deemed the most safe."YouTube Preferred" — a service where advertisers pay a premium to only appear against the most popular videos — also appears quite high up the chart.But most advertisers simply buy YouTube ads at scale, via ad exchanges like Google's AdX.As Google executives themselves explained earlier this week, 400 hours of user-generated content are uploaded to YouTube every minute, making it extremely difficult to monitor which content is safe for brands to advertise against and which isn't.In a research note, Enders says: "The basic idea of 'you get what you pay for' in programmatic video advertising, either in media costs or agency planning and service fees (or both, depending on the type of media), is something we believe that many advertisers have yet to fully incorporate into their strategy for media buying."Business Insider took a deeper look at the real motivations behind the YouTube advertiser boycott earlier this week.We spoke to more than a dozen ad executives who suggested the boycott smacks of "opportunism" and a chance to gleefully bash the biggest player in the online ad industry.
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Scoot over March Madness, the Pedigree “Pup-letes” are here.The dog food and treats brand, along with BBDO NY, created a series of videos around “What does it take to be a Pedigree pup-lete?”Started in 2016 with the puppy bowl, the brand expanded the campaign with three new videos in 2017 that feature basketball, soccer and racing.“We choose a variety of sports that our audience could relate to, attracting Pup-lete viewers from different fandoms and markets across the country.While basketball, soccer and racing fans may be different in a lot of ways, everyone can agree on their love of a sport and that puppies make everything more fun!Adding content for other sports also provided great opportunities to showcase the puppies in other fun ways, like the cutest dachshund pit crew you’ve ever seen!” said Melodie Bolin, brand manager, Pedigree.
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Unverified promotional material alleging to be for this year's Call of Duty title has appeared online, potentially revealing the title and setting of the next game in Activision's enormously-popular first person shooter franchise.Supposedly called Call of Duty: WW2 (it may be a working title) if the validity of the leak is verified it would confirm the popular belief that the series is heading back to the Second World War for its latest iteration.The images were first revealed by under-the-radar YouTube channel TheFamilyVideoGamers, who were sent them from an anonymous source claiming they came from someone "very close to the project at Sledgehammer."Sledgehammer Games will develop this year's Call of Duty, its first since Advanced Warfare in 2014.The images depict soldiers on Normandy Beach during the D-Day landings of June 1944.The events have been depicted before in the series, but not for well over a decade.
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The Moto G5 Plus is simply an outstanding phone for the money.It’s cheap, comes without monthly installments or commitments, and you can take it anywhere.Sure, spending $100 or $200 more will get you a better overall package in the OnePlus 3T, or the hard-to-believe battery longevity of the Moto Z Play.But not everyone can do that.And though the Moto G5 Plus is by no means the best smartphone available today, it’s hard to find a better one at this price — especially if you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber.
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Social media giant Twitter has announced that it is considering adding a paid membership option.Twitter is considering adding a paid membership version to its social media platform, the company has said.Paying members would gain access to additional features on the platform, including an enhanced version of TweetDeck, which was acquired by Twitter in 2011 for $40 million.The paid membership will be aimed specifically towards businesses, news organisations, and power users in order to give them more control and insight into their performance on the social media platform.The company has not made any comment on possible changes to its regular service.In an email to selected customers the company said: Twitter is considering offering an advanced TweetDeck experience, with more powerful tools to help marketers, journalists, professionals, and others in our community find out what is happening in the world quicker, to gain more insights, and see the broadest range of what people are saying on Twitter.”
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Software nasty can burn through 1.7 million account numbers per hourCybercrooks are using a bot to automate the process of breaking into and draining online gift card accounts.The software nasty, named GiftGhostBot, attempts to steal cash from money-loaded gift cards provided by a variety of retailers around the globe, according to Distil Networks.Any website – from luxury retailers to supermarkets to major coffee distributors – with gift card processing capabilities could be a target.Distil has seen this attack on almost 1,000 websites since it first detected it late last month.Fraudsters are using the bespoke cybercrime tool to generate lists and lists of account numbers, and request the balance for each number.
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Children at a school in Bedfordshire are worried about NTDs (nose-transmitted diseases) to such an extent that they have voted to cancel the wearing of the comic nasal prosthetics during the school's charitable festivities today.The heated democratic process took place in the assembly room chambers at Aspley Guise Lower School this morning, when speaker and head teacher Melanie Mercer took the vote.The children took action due to a rash of colds and general sickness that has beheld the school recently, and they decided that in the interests of safety it might be best to not risk accidentally wearing someone else's nose and catching what illness they might have.The bad news for parents in and around Aspley Guise is that the school's various fundraising events are still taking place, so they still have to go in and forcibly mingle with the parents of other children.Want more updates from Gizmodo UK?Make sure to check out our @GizmodoUK Twitter feed, and our Facebook page.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk just revealed more details about the roll-out plan for its solar roof.Musk said on Twitter Friday that Tesla will begin taking orders for its solar roof in April.Tesla previously said it was on track to begin installing the solar roof later this year, but hadn't provided exact timing on when it will become available to purchase.Tesla unveiled its solar roof product last October, about a month before the company acquired SolarCity in a deal worth $2.1 billion.Tesla is offering four different shingle styles that can capture solar energy: textured glass, smooth glass, French slate, and Tuscan glass.Tesla hasn't provided concrete details on the solar tiles' expected efficiency or price, but Musk has said the solar roof will be cheaper than a normal one when factoring in the price of labor."It's looking quite promising that a solar roof will actually cost less than a normal roof before you even take the value of electricity into account," Musk said on a conference call in November.NOW WATCH: Tesla will begin selling its Solar Roof this year — here's everything you need to knowLoading video...
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Earlier this month, Bay-Area-based startup Spin introduced the first large-scale deployment of a stationless bikesharing program in the US.As of March 11, Austin, Texas now has hundreds of orange Spin bikes randomly scattered around the downtown area, each available for rent whenever and wherever Austinites need them.
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The adjusted net loss last year was 540.5 million yuan (US$78.5 million) compared with a loss of 710.5 million yuan in 2015, Meitu said in its first results announcement since its December stock market debut.Revenue jumped 112.8 per cent to 1.6 billion yuan, with smartphones accounting for 93 per cent of sales, the company said on Friday.“We believe revenue growth from advertising and e-commerce will be faster than mobile phone sales.”In December Meitu raised US$629 million in Hong Kong’s biggest tech initial public offering since 2007.After it was added to the Shenzhen-Hong Kong stock connect on March 6, mainland investors, who are more familiar with the brand, pushed its shares 80 per cent higher in 10 days.However, the stock price fell off a cliff this week, tumbling as much as 30 per cent in the last 90 minutes of trading on Monday.
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At the end of last year, in a post outlining my predictions for 2017, I noted that Facebook would be looking to make search a bigger focus moving forward.Facebook has seen a big increase in search activity in the last twelve months, and is now facilitating more than two billion searches every day.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has even singled out search as a significant opportunity, noting in a stakeholder meeting last June that:“We think video is going to be a huge opportunity, same thing with search, and Instagram is really just starting to grow meaningfully as a business as well.”While it’s not as “shiny and new” as something like live-streaming, and therefore gets less focus, the opportunities for search on Facebook are significant.And now we’re starting to see more hints of exactly how they’re going to capitalize on it.
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Not content with putting the power of a computer in your pocket, Apple’s now reportedly looking to replace your actual computer entirely.Not just in terms of core grunt and features, but on a design front too.A newly surfaced patent filed by the Cupertino company has shown how your future iPhone could be used as the brains behind you next MacBook, slotting within a laptop shaped dock.Surfaced via the US Patent and Trademark office, the concept design shows how future generation iPhones will act as the driving force behind a larger laptop style device.Replacing your currently laptop’s touchpad, the phone would clip in and bring processing power to a device that’s essentially a shell with a screen and a battery.According to the patent filing, the laptop-style dock would be fitted with “operational components and a communication port that facilitates formation of a communication channel between the host device and at least one of the operational components.”
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