p It’s Friday afternoon and you’re staring down the barrel of a long three-day weekend.While many will be spending a portion of their time with family and friends around the grill, others see the extended weekend as an excellent opportunity to try out a new game or two.If you fall into the latter category, know that you’ve got some solid options on deck.Blizzard has announced that in celebration of its one year anniversary, Overwatch - regarded as one of the best shooters of the modern era - will be free to play this holiday weekend.PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC gamers can get in on the action right now.The free period started today at 11 a.m. PT and will run through May 29 at 11:59 p.m. PT.
p Time for some hot deals on some great games.A handful of the most popular titles from one-man developer OrangePixel have been reduced in the Play Store, including the Heroes of Loot 1 and 2, and action arcade series Gunslugs.OrangePixel’s games all feature a similar aesthetic, with impressive pixel art that looks like it would have been at home on the SNES.One of the dev’s more recent titles is Meganoid (2017), something that looks like a cross between Mega Man and Spelunky — the physics and level layouts look very similar to Derek Yu’s acclaimed platformer.Check out the full list of discounted games below:Have you played any of these titles?
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However, just 41% say they’re able to measure the ROI of their social activities.As for what needs to be included, below you’ll find some essential elements to consider.1 – Your brand’s value proposition.Because if you can’t define the value, you certainly won’t be able to show any value.Ask yourself: Why would someone follow or engage with me on social?What value can I bring to my audience through content and engagement on social?
p Promoted Tweets are an inevitable part of using Twitter.They’re an effective way to get people to engage with brands, either by following them, or getting them to tweet out stuff for the chance to win something.But now, Twitter is going a step further with Direct Message Cards, and wants you to slide into the DMs of your favorite corporate twitter account.It sounds awful, but it’s not.With a Direct Message Card, brands can create visually eye-popping tweets that have a direct message call-to-action feature.Click it, and you can enter a one-on-one conversation with that company.
p The new MateBook D isn't the most exciting product in Huawei's first laptop range, but it may be suitable for your next computing device with a solidly built design and lots of impressive spec.There’s its MacBook Air competitor, the MateBook X, with its super slim metal body and sexy 13-inch display… and then there’s the rather less sexy Huawei MateBook D.The MateBook D is everything the MateBook X isn’t.A step up is the model with the same specs but with a 128GB SSD as well - this will cost €899 (around $1000, £800, AU$1300).The third version comes with a Core i7 CPU, and will cost €999 (around $1100, £860, AU$1500)We expect to get much more information about this in the coming weeks.
p It seemed like it was yesterday when Chinese manufacturer Oppo unveiled the R9s and R9s Plus, with the former getting solid praise when we reviewed it in March.Fast forward to today, and it appears that Oppo will soon announce the R11 and R11 Plus, given their certification by TENAA.Likely the R9s’ and R9s Plus’ successors, the R11 and R11 Plus will feature Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 660 processor.Both phones will feature the same dual-camera setup, with a 16 MP and 20 MP tandem that delivers 2x optical zoom with help from the image signal processor in the Snapdragon 660.You will find no fancy dual-camera setup around front, though the 20 MP sensor hopes to still deliver solid selfies.The R11 and R11 Plus will also feature a fingerprint sensor below the display, with Android 7.1 Nougat covered by Oppo’s Color OS the star of the show.
Google are waging a flerfrontskrig against the EU as to whether sökjätten abusing its dominant position and where the EUROPEAN commission is threatening with hefty fines if this is the case.Now they seem to here the processes to be inside in the final stages.the EUROPEAN commission will ”within the next few months” to submit a decision on whether Google abused its dominant position in internet search and other areas, according to a representative of the EUROPEAN commission, according to Reuters news agency.Read more: the EU continues to go on Google – ”stop paying to get the Google Search pre-installed”Google has been under Eu konkurrenslupp since 2010, and the allegations are several.these include whether Google favors its own shoppingtjänst in front of the competitors in the search engine.
While I loved "Curse of the Black Pearl" and "Dead Man's Chest," it felt like "At World's End" and "On Stranger Tides" spun a little too far out of control, turning to deeply convoluted magical MacGuffins and confusing plots.Instead of leaving with that happy feeling I mentioned earlier, I left scratching my head a bit and fearing the films had lost their way.Fortunately, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" regains its bearings, sets a course for the franchise's north star and breathes new life into the series by getting back to what made the first two films so enjoyable.The keeper of the trident can lift any curse and control the seas, so everyone wants to get their hands on it: Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites), the young son of Will and Elizabeth Turner (Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley in brief cameos), hopes to break Davey Jones' curse on his father so he can have a real relationship with him; Lovable scallywag Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) still hasn't figured out how to free the Black Pearl, which is still trapped in a tiny bottle.He's also being hunted down by the terrifying ghost Captain Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem) and Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), who's become rich in the wake of the previous film and commands a fleet of pirate ships full of treasures.His shenanigans prove to be charming and funny and he's seemingly a more thoughtful pirate this time around.
p In recent weeks, both Netflix and Disney have been threatened by movie pirates who demanded a ransom in exchange for not leaking big ticket films and shows.The producers of India’s most successful film of all time were also the victims of blackmail, and six suspects were arrested this week.You may not have heard of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, but it’s a big deal.It’s a mythological action movie that has grossed $184,077,677 worldwide.But what’s perhaps most impressive is the fact that it managed to break through in the US market which hasn’t historically been receptive to film productions from India.Baahubali 2 managed to make it into the top five weekend grosses while showing in relatively few cinemas.
p Beyond cars, toasters and American GodsComment After six years as a formal project, OpenStack has survived numerous raids and famines and now finds itself in a not-too-weird space of being boring, on-premises infrastructure.That is, “boring” in the good way of focusing on what users want and fixing existing problems, only chasing shiny objects – cough, PaaS, cough, containers, cough, orchestration – as much as needed.Aside from a few exotic use cases like telco buildouts, the life for OpenStack is now tightly connected with private cloud use.While OpenStack spent much of it’s youth going after public cloud, that market has been won by Amazon, Microsoft, and Google, each of which has thrown up multi-billion dollar barriers to entry for anyone wanting to compete.Emblematic of this, Rackspace seems to have given up on their so-called “OpenStack-powered open clouds are the only clouds worth having” strategy.
p Battery life is something Google hopes to tackle with Android O, and it plans to do so through a new battery settings menu and battery usage portrayed in a simpler and more understandable manner.When you dive into the revamped battery settings menu, the first thing you will notice is the lack of a graph.In its place is a large battery icon, with the battery percentage and approximated time remaining to the left.Power management tools that used to be in other menus, such as adaptive brightness, sleep, and a battery percentage icon for the status bar, are now consolidated within Android O’s battery settings menu.More significant is how contextual battery stats have become in Android O.When you enter the battery settings menu, it now displays the amount of drain as a percent and the amount of time each app was in the foreground.
p Google’s using machine intelligence to kill two birds with one stone: Optimize apps and improve security.At the search giant’s 2017 I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California, Google announced a Google Play App Signing, a new cloud-based service that fine-tunes apps for a range of Android devices.Google Play App Signing, which launches in beta today, automatically adapts apps to fit different screen resolutions, RAM configurations, and processor models.And it compresses apps by eliminating redundant code.Google said it’s already made a tangible difference.Deliveroo, one of the group of select developers who were given a chance to preview Google Play App Signing, saw its Android app shrink by 36 percent — from 13.6MB before to 9.1MB after.
p I go back to the basics by delving into the definition of "content marketing" and how it can be used at every level of the sales funnel.
A day earlier, after the Washington Post reported that Trump revealed classified information to the Russian foreign minster, Sergey Lavrov, the White House had rushed out H. R. McMaster, the well-regarded general who replaced Flynn as the national-security adviser, to try to calm things.The alleged facts were obviously incendiary: the President, in speaking of the Flynn investigation with Comey, had said, “I hope you can let this go.” Trump’s critics greeted the news by talking immediately about obstruction of justice and impeachment.All it could do was issue a blanket denial, which said, “The President has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn.”Thus, it was Comey’s word, which he reportedly documented at the time, versus Trump’s, at a time when the President is reportedly stalking around the White House cursing out his own aides.Republicans on Capitol Hill, although they have demonstrated a remarkable willingness to overlook Trump’s misdeeds and falsehoods, are ultimately concerned with their own political futures.On Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan broke the Republicans’ silence during his regularly scheduled press conference, which took place following a meeting of the House G.O.P.
p Not everyone wants to place a heart-rate monitor on their chest or wrist.Sometimes you want a meaty sensor, something that won’t drain your battery and something that also carries your phone using a system of magnets that keeps your phone safe from harm.Sometimes you want the Shapeheart.Basically it’s a very usable, very clever heart-rate monitor that works with almost any health app on Android and iOS.It has a built-in heart-rate sensor that works on the meatier part of your arm.It lasts for 25 hours on one charge and is removable.
the Entrepreneur and the artist Andreas Carlsson invest in liveplattformen Showify, it is clear from a press release.Showify is a liveplattform and music community website where artists directly on the platform can perform live and sell tickets to their show.Now, the platform has taken in a total of 4.5 million and in addition to Andreas Carlsson has, among other things Almi Invest joined in."Showify gives the oetablerade the artist, with a loyal grästrotspublik, a chance to earn instant money on their music," says Carlsson in the press release.Showity for discussion with other stakeholders before a next round is planned in the autumn.
p If reliability is something you crave in a pair of shoes (if it isn’t, you may need to reconsider), I bet you have Cole Haan in your closet.And if you’re looking for a new pair for all the upcoming weddings you probably have, Amazon has you covered.They’re marking down four styles of men’s dress shoes all under $100, so you can relax about what to wear with your suit.
The leadership of my company (all privately owned) is currently considering selling either a portion or the entirety of our company to outside investors, likely a private equity fund.I'm not concerned about my job (as I am likely on the way out before a transaction), but I haven't participated in a company's selling (just garnering outside funding from VCs, which is more incremental and not necessarily a fundamental change in ownership).My question for those that have experienced a similar process, does marketing need to do anything from a legal or policy standpoint?We own all outward facing materials to both clients and prospects, so I suspect existing clients would want some degree of notice.I want to make sure that any change in ownership is done by the books and that I can get ahead of it if at all possible.
p The Blockbuster stores of old may have disappeared from our high streets, but renting is still alive and well when it comes to using the internet to watch movies in the comfort of your own home.But whereas renting a movie previously required you to trudge out to the local town centre to search desperately through the meagre collection of films on offer, modern renting is often just a variation on streaming movies online where you’ll lose access to a movie after a pre-defined period of time.Modern renting might be more convenient, and offer more choice, than heading to the shops to get a physical disc (or even, gasp, a video cassette), but in our opinion buying a movie still has its benefits.Enjoying a movie again and againThe most obvious benefit of buying a movie rather than renting it is being able to watch it again and again at your leisure.Thanks to the wonders of digital distribution, you can also watch a film on whatever device you choose.