From the way we ask our users an ethnicity question in an online form to the promise of designing an entire world in Virtual Reality, we, as designers, could be missing the opportunity of breaking stereotypes and misconceptions, instead of perpetuating them.Inclusion should be a key design principle, just like (if not above) any other design principle your company decides to follow.When inclusion is not part of a brand’s or designer’s core values, there is a chance it will be forgotten, de-prioritized, and become a distant, utopian concept.As Rachel Thomas, a Deep learning Researcher who writes about diversity and tech on Medium, stated on her article about the issues with companies using diversity as a branding strategy:No donation is ever a substitute for the hard work of self-reflection and company-wide change.What are your company’s inclusion and diversity goals for this year?
Listen to a few of Suleyman's talks on YouTube and you'll quickly realise that he's a left-leaning activist who wants to make the world a better place for everyone as opposed to an elite few.He differs from many of today's tech founders in that he genuinely seems to care about the welfare of everyone on the planet.He can often be seen on Twitter retweeting Labour politicians such as Jeremy Corbyn and making his thoughts known on issues like homelessness, diversity, and inequality.As a result, he is more focused on the business side of the company and today he is trying to find applications for DeepMind's technology both inside and outside of Google while also ensuring that the company's work in AI remains safe and ethical."I wanted to broaden my scope to tackle social challenges affecting all of society, not just a specific subgroup," Suleyman said."At the Helpline I realised that the problems many of our service users were facing were actually rooted in the wider systemic inequalities and prejudices present in broader society."
Last year Apple managed to shrink photo file sizes dramatically so you could cram twice as many photos onto your iPhone.In testing so far, the images are 15 percent smaller than Apple's HEIC photo format, said Tim Terriberry, a Mozilla principal research engineer working on the project.The project is still young -- it doesn't even have a name, much less a certain future."It seems downright silly that we're still relying on compression tech from 20 years ago," said Kelly Thompson, general manager at 500px, a photo sharing and sales site.JPEG isn't just limited by needlessly large file sizes.It's also weak when it comes to supporting a wider range of bright and dark tones, a broader spectrum of colors, and graphic elements like text and logos.
If you were hoping to rent out a room on Airbnb in San Francisco, the pickings just got a lot slimmer.As a consequence, more than half of Airbnb's listings in the city disappeared practically overnight.In August, Airbnb listed about 8,900 short-term rentals in San Francisco and on Wednesday that number dropped to a little over 4,000, San Francisco's Office of Short-term Rentals told CBS local affiliate KPIX."We've seen upwards of 6,000 listings removed from the short-term rental platform," Kevin Guy, director of the city's Office of Short-Term Rentals, told KPIX.The home rental site first launched its service in San Francisco in 2008 and the company still maintains its headquarters there.Ultimately, the law dictates that people can rent rooms or their entire home for up to 90 days a year when they aren't around.
I don't know if you've noticed, but Google announces an awful lot of stuff.Between its annual I/O convention, its fall hardware event, and the beefy stew of blogs posted in between, the big G always seems to have some big new feature, product, or service up its sleeve — so many, in fact, that it's easy to lose track and forget about a few things along the way.That's precisely what I discovered when I slogged back through the past year's worth of Google revelations.Amidst all the now-familiar fare was a small handful of leftover items — little this-and-thats mentioned as part of broader announcements and then never brought up again.And as of this day, in mid-January 2018, they've all yet to come to fruition.Hangouts Chat is meant to be the counterpart to Hangouts Meet, which launched for G Suite enterprise customers at the time of that March announcement.
Just days after Hawaii descended into panic over a terrifying false missile alert, a recent photo taken at Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency is raising serious concerns over its cybersecurity practices.On Saturday (13 January), over a million Hawaii residents received a mistaken alert regarding a ballistic missile threat on their phones.The alert, which was also aired on television and the radio, immediately led to a massive scare.Officials took nearly 40 minutes to notify the public about the false alarm, leading many to question what took so long to send out a correction.Authorities blamed the accidental alert on a human error after an employee chose the wrong option from a drop-down menu.Now, an Associated Press photo taken in July last year at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency's headquarters has resurfaced on social media, raising major concerns over its digital security protocol.
The Xinhua state news agency reported yesterday that the Shanghai Consumer Council has written to Apple asking it to explain the performance hit and any remedies it is offering to consumers.The company has been asked to respond to the Council’s letter by Friday.The Council said it received 2,615 complaints about Apple products and services in 2017, compared to 964 complaints in 2015.We’ve reached out to Apple for comment and will update this story with any response.Earlier this month French authorities opened an investigation into the performance issue following a complaint by a French consumer group that campaigns against planned obsolescence.A 2015 law made programmed obsolescence illegal in the country.
"The reality is there are probably other things out there like it that have been deemed safe for years," Arm Holdings CEO Simon Segars said in an interview last week at CES 2018 in Las Vegas."Somebody whose mind is sufficiently warped toward thinking about security threats may find other ways to exploit systems which had otherwise been considered completely safe."In early January, news broke that newly discovered exploits in most modern processors could make your computer or phone vulnerable to attacks.What's particularly devastating about the flaws, known as Spectre and Meltdown, is they aren't unique to one particular chipmaker or device.The computing industry is scrambling to reduce the severity of the problem with updates to operating systems, web browsers, cloud-computing services and other foundations that need to be kept secure."It really is mind bending what people have done to exploit this side effect," Segars said.
Building on America's hypersonic hopes, Boeing has unveiled the design of a warplane aimed at replacing the SR-71 Blackbird with speeds of Mach 5 and above.The aerospace giant showcased a demo model of the hypersonic aircraft at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics SciTech forum in Orlando on 11 January, 2018.The vehicle, according to a report in Popular Mechanics, features a twin-tail, highly swept delta wing design and looks very similar to Lockheed Martin's much-hyped SR-72 – another contender for replacing the retired warplane.Speaking to Aviation Week Aerospace Daily, Boeing's head of hypersonic research said the model represents a feasible hypersonic warplane design, one which could be developed into a full-scale demonstrator.This is just a concept at this stage and has not been approved by the company for development.If approved, it would still be years before the model actually comes to life to take on the SR-72, which according to reports, could already be complete.
In addition to our Sunday App of the Week feature, we also summarize some of our favorite B2B sales & marketing posts from around the Web each week.We’ll miss a ton of great stuff, so if you found something you think is worth sharing please add it to the comments below.In the meantime, here are some B2B Reads we love:Great read on applying the principles of servant leadership to sales and our relationships with customers.How to Connect with ANY Influencer in Three Simple SentencesWith brief, strategic communications your emails and notes are more likely to be read—and receive a reply.
It rained a lot in the San Francisco Bay Area this week and every time I saw a puddle in the road, I couldn't help thinking about Silicon Valley's sex parties.As related by Bloomberg TV's Emily Chang in her forthcoming book "Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley," these parties involve libertine debauchery and something called cuddle-puddles.It emerged from subsequent revelations from the book that one specific party described by Chang occurred at the house of Steve Jurvetson.He left venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson in November in the wake of sexual harassment allegations -- allegations which he denies."Emily Chang's article was salacious nonsense," he told Wired.But can't nerds be sitting on a couch and then a cuddle puddle spontaneously breaks out, as their inner algorithms get the better of them?
We spoke with Helmuts Bems of Sonarworks as part of our CES 2018 live coverage, and he gave us some information on the company’s digital sound-processing (DSP) Tru-Fi app for headphones, which the company is showing off for the first time at the event.Tru-Fi, the first app of its kind, uses a specialized algorithm to identify your headphones and transform their EQ for clean and clear organic sound.While the technology has existed for professional studio use, this marks the first time it’s available at the consumer level.Tru-Fi took five years and $5 million to develop, but to our ears, it’s all been worth it.Based on our demo with the app, the technology works as advertised — it can make muffled, “just OK” sound quality crisp and natural.If you want to hear for yourself, a web-based demo is available on Sonarwork’s website that allows you to experience the difference in real time.
Old man shouts at a bubble he admits he does not understandFamed investor Warren Buffet has predicted a nasty landing for cryptocurrencies."In terms of cryptocurrencies, generally, I can say with almost certainty that they will come to a bad ending," the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway told CNBC in an interview.Later in the interview he added: “I think what is going on will definitely come to a bad ending.Buffet didn’t explain the reason for his dire predictions, but has previously expressed concern about cryptocurrencies’ lack of intrinsic value.When Buffet speaks, investors listen because during his time at Berkshire Hathaway the firm has comfortably out-performed the markets and other investment vehicles.
“In 2018 we’re doubling down on blockchain,” says Gil Beyda, managing director of Comcast Ventures, the investment arm of one of the world’s largest media and telecom companies.“Just to be clear, if bitcoin were at $15 instead of $15,000 we would still be committing to this,” he said.Comcast Ventures has been looking at blockchain technology for months, driven by Comcast and NBCUniversal’s long-standing interest in applications across several of the company’s business units.In fact, internal experiments are already underway around advanced advertising alongside Disney and Cox Communications that will be used to match data sets without sharing consumer data.“We have real-world applications inside Comcast where folks are trying to solve real-world problems with blockchain.”Earlier this month, the company announced a commitment to MState Growth Lab, an accelerator program focused on enterprise blockchain startups that’s also being funded by IBM and Galvanize, an accelerator, investment fund and bootcamp.
The upcoming Leagoo S9 is probably the most anticipated phone from this brand ever and so far they are keeping it mostly under the wraps.But when there is will, there is a way so we have for you today a final design for this phone, revealed through a leaked picture.The leak comes from a pretty reputable source, the popular leakster @VenyaGeskin1, so there is no reason to question it too much.So what did we learn from it ?Well it seems the hinted under-the-display fingerprint scanner is not going to happen, because you can clearly see the conventional fingeprint scanner in the back of the device.But honestly, did you really expect Leagoo being the first with it ?
One highly anticipated piece of new technology that failed to materialize in 2017 was the in-display fingerprint sensor.It was the subject of rumors for many months, and companies including Samsung to Apple struggled to incorporate it in their devices.In fact, neither of these tech behemoths have shown off the first fully operational example.It’s here, thanks to Vivo and sensor company Synaptics, and we’ve given it a try for our Vivo fingerprint sensor hands-on review.It’s incredibly natural, works very quickly, and gives “bezel-less” smartphones with an 18:9 aspect ratio screen the sleek look they deserve.The device you see in the photos and video is almost final, with only last minutes tweaks to be made before it goes into production.
To the best of our knowledge, we humans can only experience this world in three spatial dimensions (plus one time dimension): up and down, left and right, and forward and backward.But in two physics labs, scientists have found a way to represent a fourth spatial dimension.This isn’t a fourth dimension that you can disappear into or anything like that.Instead, two teams of physicists engineered special two-dimensional setups, one with ultra-cold atoms and another with light particles.These experiments could have important implications to fundamental science, or even allow engineers to access higher-dimension physics in our lower-dimension world.“Maybe we can come up with new physics in the higher dimension and then design devices that take advantage the higher-dimensional physics in lower dimensions.”
Google today announced that it sold “tens of millions of Google devices for the home” over the course of the last year and that it sold “more than one Google Home device every second since Google Home Mini started shipping in October.”With roughly 6.75 million seconds since October 19 (the day the Home Mini officially went on sale), chances are that we’re talking close to 7.5 million Google Homes.Google went all-in on its Google Assistant and its various Google Home devices in 2017.The launch of the Google Home Mini, which you could easily buy for $29 (and occasionally for $19 with store credit) gave the company a low-price competitor to Amazon’s Echo Dots, and even though it’s doubtful that Google made a lot of money of these sales, the move clearly paid off.Sadly, Google isn’t saying what the sales breakdown between the Google Home Mini and the regular-sized version was, but it’s a safe bet that the company sold quite a few more of the lower-priced gadgets.Google also today announced that its Assistant now runs on 400 million devices.
If you're a giant corporate entity, and you see a company doing something that interests you, it'd behoove you to scoop that company up before someone else does.A new report states Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has pooled a bunch of money for exactly that purpose.The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has created a $200 million fund that it can use to acquire startups and other companies with haste, Reuters reports, citing sources familiar with the matter.The Alliance will reportedly unveil this fund to the public at CES next week, likely why the automaker group declined comment to Reuters for its report.Each piece of the Alliance's Triforce will contribute some cash to this fund -- Renault and Nissan will each contribute 40 percent ($80 million), with Mitsubishi picking up the last 20 percent ($40 million).The Alliance's decision to create such a fund isn't out of the ordinary.
The Federal Communications Commission today released the final version of its net neutrality repeal order, three weeks after the December 14 vote to deregulate the broadband industry and eliminate the rules.You can read the entire order here, though it is similar to the draft that has been available since November.Small edits aren't uncommon after FCC votes, and they don't require a second vote.The edits generally respond to concerns raised by commissioners, as we wrote earlier this week."In this document, the American public can see for themselves the damage done by this agency to Internet openness," FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat who voted against the repeal, said today."Going forward, our broadband providers will have the power to block websites, throttle services, and censor online content.