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By 2020, it is estimated that the number of connected devices is expected to grow to a staggering 26 billion.At the end of last year, UK retail giant John Lewis revealed that people searching for smart lighting had increased by 207% in a year, and that overall searches for smart home products were up 670%, with increased demand for smart air purifiers, heating systems, cookers and fridges that can be controlled by a smartphone.But while the likes of Nest, Amazon Echo and Philips Hue dominate the smart home headlines, there are some killer devices that you might not have heard of, from some unlikely brands.There are also 'Welcome home' and 'Wake up' modes, which can be edited to begin the process based on your geo-location or set timings and, using IFTTT skills, you can create a set of recipes to match your mood or the conditions.For example, if your fitness tracker records a bad night’s sleep, you can have a stronger brew automatically made up when you wake.German company Senic wants you to forget the smartphone and instead opt for something more tactile when controlling your smart home.
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Esports will be included as the official medal sporting programme at the 2022 Asian Games in China's Hangzhou.This would be a major stepping stone for Esports towards becoming a formally recognised global sport and inclusion as an Olympic event.The Olympic Council of Asia announced a partnership with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's sports wing, Alisports, on Monday to bring Esports to this September's OCA Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in Turkmenistan as a demonstration sport.The 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia will also showcase Esports as a demonstration sport.The OCA said the decision to make Esports an official medal sport reflects "the rapid development and popularity of this new form of sports participation among the youth.""The Olympic Council of Asia has constantly been committed to the heritage, development and improvement of Asian sports, and we are extremely pleased about the strategic partnership with Alisports," OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah said in a statement.
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has added to its women's sports coverage after acquiring the broadcast rights to the Women's Super League One, a one-off transitional football tournament ahead of the league’s switch from a summer to winter calendar for the 2017/18 season.As part of the agreement the BBC will provide coverage across TV, radio and online when the competition kicks-off later this month.A total of 20 games will be shown live on the BBC's digital platforms, while BBC2 will broadcast a highlights programme called The Women's Football Show."It's a really positive step that the BBC are streaming FA WSL games for the first time," said FA head of women's leagues and competitions, Katie Brazier.In addition to the BBC's coverage clubs will also be allowed to stream their games through their own digital platforms.Brazier confirmed that clubs would " have more opportunities to stream their games through their own channels".
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ZTE Corp is expected to post a modest year-on-year increase in revenue for the first quarter, roughly three weeks after Washington removed the Chinese technology company from the US trade blacklist.“Now the US export ban has been lifted, we expect ZTE to be in a much-stronger position to gain market share internationally,” said Jefferies equity analyst Edison Lee.ZTE, listed in both Hong Kong and Shenzhen, is predicted to report a 4 per cent rise in revenue to 22.7 billion yuan (US$3.3 billion) on Monday for the three months ended March 31, up from 21.8 billion yuan in the same period last year, according to consensus estimates from a Bloomberg poll of analysts.The company, China’s largest listed telecommunications equipment manufacturer, emerged from a year in US sanctions purgatory after it was taken off Washington’s so-called “Entity List” on March 29 upon recommendation of the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), which is under the US Department of Commerce.That followed ZTE’s deal earlier that month to pay record-high civil and criminal penalties totaling US$1.2 billion to the BIS, the US Department of Justice and the Office of Foreign Assets Control under the US Department of the Treasury.Of that amount, a US$300 million penalty payable to the BIS was suspended for a probationary period of seven years.
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I'm graduating from university with a degree in Consumer Behaviour, and have had a fair bit of experience in marketing, but more so in digital marketing (specifically, I ran the student union's social media strategy and content).I wanted to get a job with a marketing firm, but have only really received offers from more specific social media/SEO firms.While a good fit for my background, it doesn't seem to be as lucrative (21k vs my friends getting 30k in more general marketing jobs).I'll likely take this job, but if I want to stand out more for a marketing agency, what skills or projects should I work on on the side to make me a better candidate a year or so from now?Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.
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NATO cybersecurity bods warn about transition to new protocolFor all those sysadmins tired of having to make excuses for why they haven't moved to IPv6, worry no more: the new protocol brings with it the risk of network infiltration.That's according to NATO's Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, which has published a research paper [PDF] claiming it is possible to set up undetectable communications channels across networks that could be used to pull out data and control systems remotely.There's only one downside for IPv6 laggards: the security holes come as a result of IPv4 to IPv6 transition tools."Tunnel-based IPv6 transition mechanisms could allow the setup of egress communication channels over an IPv4-only or dual-stack network while evading detection by a network intrusion detection system," the authors – who also came from Estonia's Tallinn University of Technology – wrote in the paper titled Hedgehog in the Fog: Creating and Detecting IPv6 Transition Mechanism-Based Information Exfiltration Covert Channels.For their research, they dug into a range of transition technologies and focused on two tools for creating covert communications channels; tools that they describe as "proof-of-concept."
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A lack of available talent in Hong Kong forced one of the city’s leading financial technology firms to look to mainland China to hire staff.“If you’re looking for the type of people who know how the internet works, how mobile apps work, and have experience of building apps with tens of millions of users, that’s the type of experience you can only find in mainland China,” Li Ting, chief executive of Yunfeng Financial Group told the South China Morning Post, speaking after the launch of Yunfeng’s new robo-advisor application.“The app is to enable global investment, so Hong Kong is the right place for us to be based, but the reason we have so many developers in Beijing and Shenzhen is that we can’t find the people in Hong Kong.If we wanted five, it might be OK, but a hundred is not possible, they just don’t exist [in Hong Kong].”Yunfeng Financial was formally the brokerage Reorient Group, but was renamed in 2016, following investment from Yunfeng Capital, a private equity firm set up by Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba and David Yu.Alibaba also owns the South China Morning Post.
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Despite not making it a key focus, Twitter has always been the leading social platform for customer service queries, with the public nature of tweets helping provide consumers with additional leverage to get their questions answered quickly.And while Twitter’s focus is on combating trolls, simplifying the platform for new users and streaming live sports, they have also been making some effort to evolve their customer service offerings and provide new options in line with wider trends.Their latest upgrade on this front comes in the form of location sharing via DM, which will enable businesses to provide more relevant advice based on the requestor’s physical proximity.As you can see, the process is fairly straight-forward – in this example, TGI Fridays is using a messaging bot to provide nearby store info as requested.Other applications might include service outage reports when the power's down in your area, nearby stockists, maybe even a means of requesting more accurate roadside assistance when your car breaks down.There’s a range of ways the option could be used – it’s a simple, logical use of location-tracking capacity.
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Not any more: apps and games vanish from app stores on a daily basis - and we’ll soon see a far more radical upheaval, with iOS blocking access to thousands of titles.Warning signs first appeared in iOS 10 betas.When some older apps were launched, a dialogue noted they weren’t optimised for iOS 10, stating this “may affect overall system performance”.By 10.2, the wording shifted to note such an app may slow down your device, and the language in iOS 10.3 is starker still.The latest dialogue says a guilty app “will not work with future versions of iOS”.It ends: “The developer of this app needs to update it to improve its compatibility”.
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Shane Corstorphine is General Manager of the Americas region at Skyscanner, overseeing the travel search company’s accelerated growth in the region.In his previous role as Chief Financial Officer, Shane was instrumental in Skyscanner’s latest investment round of $192m in January this year, as well as earlier investment from Sequoia Capital.Shane joined Skyscanner is 2012 and has seen Skyscanner grow from 140 employees in two offices to a global organization of ten offices and over 800 employees.Shane previously ran his own startup and was also Director of Performance for Barclays Bank.You can follow him on Twitter: @shanecoustoHe will be live on April 6 starting at 930 AM PT for one and a half hours during which he will answer as many questions as possible.
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A third of existing British jobs are at risk of being taken over by robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) within 15 years, a report reveals.As many as 30pc of existing roles in the UK could be automated by 2030 with the most at risk industries being waste management, transportation and manufacturing, according to an analysis by PwC.However, the report stressed that automation won't result in rocketing unemployment."The UK employment rate is at its highest level now since comparable records began in 1971, despite advances in digital and other labour-saving technologies," said John Hawksworth, chief economist at PwC.Mr Hawksworth anticipates that manual and routine tasks will be susceptible to automation, with social skills and creative roles being more protected."That said, no industry is entirely immune from future advances in robotics and AI," he said.
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There’s something wonderfully bold about luxury smartwatches.Whether it’s the $17,000 Apple Watch Edition or Tag Heuer’s $1,500 Connected piece, these devices say hey, yes, this technology’s not finished.It’s not entirely clear why you’d buy one of these, or if anyone actually will.The new Tag Heuer Connected 45 does fall somewhat into this category.It’ll set you back $1,600-ish (Tag hasn’t finalized the price yet), and it runs the same Android Wear software as every other Android Wear smartwatch.In terms of the stuff it can do, the only unique thing about the Connected 45 is the comma in its price.
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China’s civil aviation watchdog is about to introduce a real-name registration policy for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in a bid to address mounting concerns over drone threats to the country’s aviation safety and national security, local media is reporting (in Chinese).The civil use of drones has had a growing presence in China since 2011.Despite the great advantages they bring to people, such as surveying and mapping, capturing live events, and small item delivery, they have created safety and security problems.Since this January, there have been 11 reported cases on flights affected by UAVs entering “clearance protection areas” in China.China has more than 20,000 drones, but only 10,000 operators of the drones have acquired UAV pilot licenses, according to Shu Zhenjie, director of the UAV Lab at the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (in Chinese).“For the civil aviation administration, our main responsibility involves drone registration, which includes requiring drone owners to sign up with their real names,” said Feng Zhenglin, director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).“We will introduce some convenient ways for the management of small UAVs of recreational purpose or of sports purpose.For instance, we plan to set up electric fencing in clearance protection areas around airports,” Feng added.The upcoming new regulation will prod major players into taking technical corrections, including DJI, Zerotech, Xaircraft, and PowerViroment.China’s consumer drones industry is set to continue its boom over the next coming three years.Market research firm IDC, in a report released last December (in Chinese), estimated  China’s aerial photography drone market to top RMB 25 billion by 2020, with a compound annual growth rate of 86.5%.
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Guest Post by Sapir Segal, Content Marketing Manager at OktopostAre you doing everything you can to catch the right leads?Or do you tend to go for the low-hanging fruit – the easy ones?Instead of wasting precious time and resources on finding unqualified prospects, B2B marketers are shifting to account-based marketing (ABM).If you’re looking to launch a successful ABM program and see real results, join The Modern Marketer’s Workshop: ABM – From Strategy to Action and Results hosted by marketing experts Matt Heinz and Robert Pease.Social media is the cornerstone of ABM if you utilize and refocus it effectively.
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Larry Busacca/Getty Images As a new hit podcast has reinvigorated the mystery surrounding Richard Simmons' absence from the public eye for three years, the Los Angeles Police Department reports that the diet guru is safe and well.“He is perfectly fine and he is very happy," LAPD Detective Kevin Baker told People magazine this week. what he is going to do, but right now he is doing what he wants
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First-Time Homebuyers Can Finally Get a Mortgage in the Way They Expect — Entirely Online — Without Picking Up the Phone SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 9, 2017– Digital natives expect buying a home to be a seamless online experience like everything else they do in work and life.Yet, obtaining a mortgage is still by and large an inefficient, outdated, and offline process.View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170309005492/en/ LendingHome’s online mortgage is the first to prioritize the customer experience by putting control over the process into the hands of the homebuyer.While the first wave of digital lenders brought the old-school paper mortgage application online, retrofitting it to be accessed via the Internet, much of the process is still controlled by the lender offline and is opaque and confusing for the homebuyer.In contrast, LendingHome has created the next-generation digital mortgage that gives homebuyers confidence and control over the process with a dynamic, interactive online experience.They can apply via an interactive application that gives tips and feedback as they go, keep real-time track of their progress with a personalized milestone timeline, trade points and lock their rate online before the market changes, and easily share their loan status with their real estate agent with the click of a button.
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How accurate can a NBA 2K17 simulation be?NBA 2K16 almost predicted last year's NBA Finals, only you know, the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead and all.Even with that simulation being a little off, I figured I'd do something a little different and try to see how accurately NBA 2K17 could predict the best DraftKings lineup for me on March 7.In fact, it was the Blazers' Damian Lillard going off for the biggest scoring output of the day, and some solid rebounding and assists numbers as well.Drafting Lillard seemed like a no-brainer, but some of the other decisions weren't so easy.The Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell each eclipsed to 20-point mark, but I couldn't draft both of them, could I?
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The Government Digital Service said it would begin its first two alpha-testing programmes for local government use of Verify, following a discovery periodThe Cabinet Office’s Government Digital Service (GDS) said it has moved its first two local-government pilot schemes for the GOV.UK Verify identity verification programme into alpha testing, amidst questions over the viability of the scheme’s planned expansion.Verify and Notify are both part of GDS’ Government as a Platform (GaaP) strategy to develop tools and functions that can be reused across the public sector, and both were mentioned in the government’s digital strategy published last week.GDS said the discovery phase for the use of Verify to provide secure access to online applications for travel passes and residential parking permits was completed last month and the projects had moved into alpha-phase testing.The service said the projects are being developed using agile methods and in such a way as to make the resulting tools and processes usable across government.“At the end of each phase we are collating the findings across our local authority partners and turning them into tools that can be understood and used by any local authority,” said GDS’ Michael Clark and Verify local authority lead Linda O’Halloran in a blog post.
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Human error revealed to be behind S3 outage as Amazon promises to make changes and learn from the eventEariler this week, Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) experienced an outage on the East coast of the US, affecting several high-profile sites including Adobe, Slack, Splitwise and the US Securities and Exchange Commission.At the time Amazon declined to disclose the reason for the outage, but the company has now published a summary of the incident and revealed exactly what caused the disruption.The outage was ultimately down to human error.While trying to fix a bug in the S3 billing system, a team member entered an incorrect command which ended up removing a larger-than-intended set of servers, inadvertently impacting other S3 subsystems.Specifically, the servers that were removed supported the ‘index’ and ‘placement’ subsystems, causing both of them to require a full restart.
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Reckon you re a dab hand behind the wheel?Well it s only a matter of time until robots outclass you on the road, according to one expert.Speaking during a roundtable briefing at MWC 2017, Patrick Little, SVP of Qualcomm s Automotive Business, detailed how self-driving cars will be safer than those operated by human drivers.Qualcomm is a world-leading chipmaker that s working with big-name brands like Peugeot, Audi, and Volkswagen to bring driverless cars to reality.Eventually, the autonomous car will drive better than you, explained Little, because it will have more sensory perception – radar, lidar, cameras.You re going to be connected to the network around you.
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