Laurence Lafarge

Laurence Lafarge

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MullenLowe Group Japan has today launched Tokyo 20XX, a cultural insights specialism that is aimed at working with brands to positively impact the city’s creative communities.The project was created from MullenLowe Group Japan’s commitment to cultural scenes and communities, and one that aims to collaborate with existing and potential brands that are keen develop culture in the city of Tokyo.It builds upon the agency’s existing insight-driven approach, but goes beyond typical agency boundaries in its aim to shed light on the specific concerns, sensitivities and nuances of the city’s various cultural ecosystems and the creators operating within them.Tokyo 20XX will have three short video documentaries about iconic neighbourhood of Shibuya featuring music artists, a street-level examination of urban sports like skateboarding and a summary of LGBTQ-relevant policy shifts in Shibuya.“With a number of iconic, marquee events on the near horizon, the coming years are set to provide a catalyst for renewed globalisation efforts and the supercharging of consumer culture in Japan,” said James Hollow, chief executive officer, MullenLowe Group Japan.“As a city, Tokyo represents a centralised hub from which any cultural paradigm shift will likely originate, and by working together with brands who have a stake in relevant scenes, Tokyo 20XX stands for an approach to culture that puts actual creators and communities front and centre, both within the city and beyond.”
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Xiaomi-backed Yi is the manufacturer behind a lot of popular products, including the Xiaomi Yi series of action cameras.News is that the brand has now officially announced itself in India.Like almost every other Chinese company, the products will be made available online-only.In this case, Yi have partnered with Amazon India.Yi have made available a total of 11 products, ranging in price from 3,490 INR ($54) to 19,990 INR ($310).All of these products can be found on the Amazon mini-site.
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The long-term Microsoft investment will bring state of the art equipment, allow the recruitment of new staff, help build the nation's scientific and engineering talent, and focus significant research project funding into the University, assuring the nation a key role in the emerging "quantum economy."David Pritchard, Chief of Staff for Microsoft's Artificial Intelligence and Research Group and Douglas Carmean, Partner Architect of Microsoft's Quantum Architectures and Computation (QuArC) group, participated in the announcement at the University of Sydney's Nanoscience Hub.There are only four labs of this kind in the world.Sydney-born Professor Reilly, and Station Q Sydney Scientific Director - who completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University before returning to Australia - asserts that quantum computing is one of the most significant opportunities in the 21st century, with the potential to transform the global economy and society at large."There's always an element of risk when you are working on projects with the potential to make momentous and unprecedented impact; we're at the inflection point now where we have the opportunity to do that," Mr Pritchard said.Douglas Carmean, based at Microsoft's Redmond, Washington headquarters, characterised Microsoft's ambitious goals for quantum computing as necessarily intensified and augmented through collaboration with the world's leading universities.
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Prepare to complain about the weather even more than usual - the Met Office has predicted that a record amount of rain could fall each winter for the next decade.Its new supercomputer, from computer company Cray, has forecast a one in three chance of record-breaking rain falling every year in at least one region in England and Wales between October and March.The supercomputer simulated hundreds of winters based on the current climate to predict what the weather could look like for years to come.And the results are not looking sunny."We shouldn't be surprised if events like this occur," says Nick Dunstone, second author of the report.If we'd had these simulations before the floods of January 2014 we could have expected them.
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The Hong Kong government is looking to swiftly assign spectrum for 5G services as soon as an international agreement is reached on the frequency bands and universal standard for this advanced mobile system.“The greatest challenge ahead for Hong Kong is to remain at the forefront of bringing new technologies and new services,” Eliza Lee Man-ching, the city’s director-general of communications, told the South China Morning Post.Unfazed by recent criticism from mobile network operators about the government’s spectrum management policy, Lee pointed out that Hong Kong led the introduction of 3G and 4G mobile services.Known as the latest advance in mobile communications, 5G is expected to support 1 million connected devices per square kilometre; 1 millisecond latency, or the amount of time a packet of data takes to get from one point to another; higher energy and spectral efficiency; and up to 20 gigabits per second of peak data download rate for each cell site.The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the United Nations agency overseeing development of the IMT-2020 standard for 5G technologies, is spearheading so-called spectrum harmonisation – the uniform allocation of radio frequency bands around the world – for the provision of 5G services.A decision on the global allocation of spectrum, which has been identified as between the 24.25 gigahertz and 86GHz bands, for 5G services is expected to be determined at the ITU-organised World Radiocommunication Conference in Geneva on November 2019.
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A recent article by Campaign carried out a survey of more than 100 global CMOs and marketing executives, in order to determine what the biggest challenges facing marketers today are.The results were as follows:57% felt hindered in their ability to carry out broad digital transformation22% felt their data and analytics capabilities were lacking13% were unable to improve targeting and personalization10% endeavored to build better marketing automation
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Toyota bet big on hydrogen, launching its Mirai fuel-cell vehicle in lieu of a battery electric car, but it's running into a big problem: Not enough hydrogen fueling stations, especially on the East Coast.While battery-electric charging stations are more and more ubiquitous, hydrogen refueling stations are few and far between.The Mirai is currently only available in California, where there are only 28 retail hydrogen stations.If you live on the East Coast, the number is a big fat zero.The company hoped for 12 stations to be ready this summer but has amended that number to a mere 3 or 4 by the end of the year.Currently there two stations under construction, one in Providence, Rhode Island and the other in Hartford, Connecticut.
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MP Greg Clark, speaking at an event hosted by Resolution Foundation in Birmingham, launched the initiative in a speech which focused on the UK’s Industrial Strategy.Phase one of the battery technology investment involves a £45million ‘Battery Institute’ competition, created to find the best centre to carry out battery research.The investment hopes to ensure the UK builds on its strengths and leads the world in the design, development and manufacture of electric batteries.During his keynote speech today, Greg Clark said: “Upgrading our energy system to make sure it is fit for the future is a key part of our Industrial Strategy.A smarter energy system will create opportunities to reduce energy costs, increase productivity and put UK businesses in a leading position to export smart energy technology and services to the rest of the world.”The ‘Faraday Challenge, named after the pioneering scientist, will be spread over four years and is a key part of the government’s Industrial Strategy, which looks for different approaches to improve the living standards and economic growth across the country by increasing productivity.
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Lappeenrannan teknillisessä yliopistossa tutkitaan keinoja ottaa energiaa talteen ilmankosteudesta.Tutkimuksen tavoitteena on kehittää aurinkokennoja vastaava uusiutuvan energian konsepti, joka mahdollistaa ilmankosteuteen perustavan energian tuotannon.Suhteellinen ilmankosteus on yleensä vähintään 25 prosenttia.Sähkön muodostuminen ja vapautuminen ilmakehän vesipisaroista on ilmiönä tunnistettu jo kauan aikaa sitten.Nyt tutkijat ovat kehittäneet materiaalin, johon ilmankosteuden avulla muodostuvaa sähköenergiaa saadaan varastoitua ja sitä voidaan tutkia.Vesipisaroiden liikkuessa materiaalin pinnalla varastoituu muodostunut sähkö zirkoniumoksidin nanopartikkeleihin.
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Lakimuutoskin on mahdollinen, jos tekijänoikeuskirjeiden lähettämisen käytännöt eivät muutu.Tekijänoikeuskorvauksia peräävistä kirjeistä on valitettu useille viranomaistahoille: markkinaoikeuteen, viestintävirastolle, kuluttajaviranomaisille ja opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriöön, ministeriön hallitusneuvos Anna Vuopala kertoo.Ongelmana on paitsi kirjeiden uhkaava kieli, myös se, että kirjeitä on lähetetty suuria määriä.Kirjeissä perätään hyvityksiä, joiden määrä on pienimmilläänkin satoja euroja.Jos korvausta ei maksa, kirjeen saaja uhataan viedä markkinaoikeuteen.Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriössä valitukset on otettu vakavasti.
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Founders of two Chinese tech giants are now the richest people in the country, according to latest estimates by Forbes.Jack Ma, Chairman of Alibaba Group, unseated Wang Jianlin of Dalian Wanda Group, China’s largest real estate developer as well as the world’s largest movie theater operator in May to become China’s richest person.As of July 21, Ma has a net worth of $35.4 billion.The two tech billionaires rank at No.18 and No.21 worldwide, respectively.Both founders have gained from significant growth of their companies over the past year.As of June 8, shares of Nasdaq-listed Alibaba were at $125.64, up 62% from a year ago as it continued to meet market expectations.
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You’re staring at the sky on a sunny day when you notice, in the corner of your eye, a transparent squiggle floating slowly across the blue.You try and focus on it, but it eludes your glance, refusing to be resolved.So a team of scientists want to know if they could safely treat these distracting dots with lasers.Laser treatments have existed for at least 15 years, but there haven’t been other attempts to fix floaters with these specific lasers compared to placebos, the authors from Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston write in the paper published today in JAMA Ophthalmology.This is particularly important because of the strong possibility for a placebo effect.The authors recruited 52 patients and put them into experimental and control groups.
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While some enterprising ridesharing drivers occasionally try to sell essentials (or non-essentials like tablets and digital cameras), there really isn’t a structured way to facilitate this… until now.Enter Cargo, a startup that wants to turn drivers’ vehicles into little mobile shops.The startup has raised $1.75 million in seed funding from Techstars, Detroit Venture Partners, Fontinalis Partners and Rosecliff Ventures.After drivers sign up for free, Cargo sends them a custom display that rests on the center console and holds a selection of snacks and essentials.Passengers go to the URL, enter the vehicle code and browse the menu and checkout using a credit card or mobile payment option like Apple Pay.Once they pay, the driver gets a notification on their phone that the transaction is complete, and can pass the items back to the passenger.
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There are thousands of brilliant apps that can change the way you use your iPhone.Here, we've picked just some of the best apps for iOS so you can make even better use of your smartphone.Get truly private messaging in this alternative to your standard messaging app or WhatsApp.Signal uses end-to-end encryption to give privacy for every single message.You can also share clear voice messages and video calls.Users can even set timers to delete messages on both devices.
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With Facebook’s newest feature, a musician could run an on-site fan club, a brand could organize its ambassadors and a newspaper could discuss articles with just its top readers.Today Facebook globally launched Groups for Pages, allowing the 70 million Pages on Facebook to create their own distinct communities and feeds.Facebook first quietly tested the feature in March, but today Chief Product Officer Chris Cox announced the feature’s full roll-out.Mentioning how one of The Washington Post’s reporters started a group called PostThis for its journalists and most loyal readers, Cox wrote “This is one of thousands of interesting examples we heard of super-fans who wanted to be a part of the day-to-day discussion of the decisions inside the walls of an organization they care about, and more importantly to connect with everyone else who felt the same way.”The launch could further Facebook’s new mission statement to “bring the world closer together” and push it toward its goal to grow the membership of “meaningful groups” from 100 million now to 1 billion in the future.Users can look at a Page’s Groups shortcut for any communities they’ve created.
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Five weeks ago, when Microsoft announced seismic changes to how it developed, tested and released Windows Server, the company also touted the impending delivery of the first previews of the software.Microsoft followed through with that promise last week when it issued Server's initial Insider builds, yet another in a line of moves to give customers early peeks at under-construction code and rope them into serving as unpaid testers.IT professionals can now try the latest in Windows Server, just as they can kick the tires of Windows 10 and Office 365.To participate in the Windows Server preview, you must first register.Windows Insider for Business, the spinoff that Microsoft launched in April.Register a Windows 10 device with Insider
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If you’re like me and have multiple smartphones or devices on you at any time, you know charging all of them at once is a pain if you have limited power outlets or adapters.Chuwi, the Chinese smart devices OEM, recently launched one which is pretty good for your desk or bedside as well as to lug it around in your bag when you’re travelling.The Chuwi Hi-Dock is a quite handy and compact charging hub that offers four USB ports that are hidden under flaps.Three of these ports output at 5V/2.4A each while one of them supports the latest Quick Charge 3.0 technology.This port, marked in orange, supports 3.6-6.5V/3A, 6.5V-9V/2A, and 9V-12V/1.5A power rates.The Hi-Dock is powered by the included power cable that you’d need to plug into a power outlet.
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The International Space Station (ISS) might be the perfect laboratory for developing antidotes to gases used in chemical warfare.Nerve agents such as sarin and VX are incredibly toxic, and yet, one way to combat them could come from crystals grown in microgravity.According to NIH, the AChE enzyme—or enzyme acetylcholinesteras—helps muscles to relax after they’ve been “stimulated by the nervous system.” Nerve agents, however, come from a group of chemicals called Organophosphates (OPs), which block AChE activity.This leads to paralysis and death—sarin, for example, can kill within a couple of minutes.In June, a project from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) called Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) flew samples of human AChE enzyme aboard a SpaceX Dragon-11 capsule to the International Space Station.On Earth, it’s very difficult to “grow” this enzyme to a large enough size, but in microgravity, astronauts are currently trying to do just that—they’re literally growing crystals of the stuff for future analysis back on Earth.
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Okoli is new service by developer Jack Deneut which aims to replace those ugly little cards you find in tourist hotels.The web app, which currently works in Prague, Budapest, Berlin, and Paris, lets you reserve a nearly private tour with a professional guide and you’re guaranteed groups of no bigger than eight people.Standard tour groups depend on large numbers of people to remain profitable.By stuffing as many as 35 people into a group you get a crowd of folks led by someone with a crackly microphone system and holding up a big umbrella.Instead of depending on huge numbers of groups, Okoli offers quality tours for $25 a person and does everything from booking to cancellations online.If more people book for a certain day the system automatically adds tour guides to the roster to handle the overflow.
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After teasing us with a close-up image of a dual-lens camera, which was assumed to be from an upcoming Nokia device, the infamous blogger and phone leaker Evan Blass has finally given us an official render of the upcoming Nokia 8.Nokia, the brand that was once essentially omnipresent, was ill-prepared for the smartphone era and lost its competitive edge in the Android vs. iOS war.Many thought Nokia would disappear into oblivion forever, and that’s why the announcement that a Finnish startup called HMD would be making Android-powered smartphones under the Nokia name was so surprising.We’ve already seen devices like the Nokia 3, 5, and 6 launch in several markets, the last of which sold out in just one minute in China.However, things started to get even more interesting when a video surfaced in May, showing a mysterious unannounced Nokia-branded smartphone.Rumors claimed that Nokia would launch at least one more phone – something more high-end – dubbed the Nokia 8 or the Nokia 9 (or even both).
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