Following the fallout over Apple's admission that it slowed down iPhone CPUs for most of 2017 as a means of making older phones work for longer, Apple said it would allow customers to buy replacement batteries for $29/£25 as opposed to the usual $79/£79.The catch, though, is that your phone had to pass a diagnostic test at an Apple Store.If your phone's battery was still at 80% capacity or above, then, sorry, no battery replacement for you!But in its efforts to get back into customers’ good graces, Apple has apparently done away even with that requirement.As of now, anyone with an iPhone 6 or newer device should be able to merely ask for a battery replacement and receive one for $29/£25, according to an internal memo that was obtained by iGeneration (and confirmed as authentic by MacRumors).Anecdotal evidence also suggests that you may be able to get a refund for the difference if you happened to pay for a battery replacement at the original full price of $79/£79 before the new policy went into effect, but this is likely on a case-by-base basis.
Financial security company Northwestern Mutual, with its new campaign "Spend Your Life Living", aims to reframe people's idea of planning for their financial futures, and help them feel empowered.The four spots titled "Backyard Bliss," "This Call's for You," "Fish Out of Water" and "Ocean, Whoa" are created by GSD and tap into each of the consumer insights.The campaign will kick off on 1st January, 2018.Northwestern Mutual will take over part of the tailgate outside of the Rose Bowl stadium to recreate a massive end zone, encouraging fans to join and share their best touchdown dance on social media with SpendLifeLiving.The Northwestern Mutual "Touchdown Dance" will also be recreated at the College Football Playoff National Championship game on January 8.Aditi Gokhale, chief marketing officer, Northwestern Mutual said: "Our research uncovered the constant struggle Americans are experiencing between living for now and saving for later.People are in a balancing act of how they can enjoy today while preparing for tomorrow, and this results in massive anxiety.
By combining tools like artificial intelligence, social media, and crowdsourcing apps, researchers think they can help these communities prepare for devastating natural disasters.The Dundee team set out to develop an early flood detection system, beginning with a hyper-resolution urban flooding computer model.For reliability, the researchers needed to validate the model’s results against actual data received on the ground.Satellite remote sensing is expensive and too often tainted by technical problems in urban areas, while on-the-ground sensor networks are costly to install and maintain.Wang and his colleagues found an alternative in Twitter and MyCoast, a crowdsourcing app that collects data on coastal conditions, such as erosion and tides.By scanning Twitter for keywords like “flood,” “dam,” and “levee” the team could identify a flood-like event.
Switzerland-based Sirin Labs announced today that its initial coin offering has raised $157.8 million, the fourth-largest such offering in a year that has been defined by an explosion in blockchain-driven crowdfunding.Sirin’s Finney lineup of devices includes a smartphone and personal computer that have blockchain technology baked in to provide what the company promises is greater security and protection against cybercrime and hacks.Indeed, Sirin’s mobile phone will come preloaded with mobile Ethereum client Status, making it the first phone secure enough to hold cryptographic coins.Read more: The first blockchain smartphone will come preloaded with mobile Ethereum client Status“We are both humbled and thrilled by the support that Finney has received during the course of our crowdsale,” said Moshe Hogeg, founder and co-CEO of Sirin, in a statement.“Becoming the fourth-largest crowdsale of the year shows both the need in the market, and usefulness of having devices that can support and secure cryptocurrencies.
YouTube TV finally has a full app, but the rollout to various TV devices is taking longer than originally planned.The apps for Roku and Apple TV, originally slated to launch before the end of 2017, are now scheduled for the first quarter of 2018.Also planned for the Q1 timeframe, a YouTube representative told me, are apps for older smart TVs, namely Samsung sets from 2014 and 2015, and Sony TVs that use the older Linux-based operating system, as opposed to Android TV.YouTube TV is a $35-per-month live TV service aimed at cable cord-cutters.Unlike the free YouTube you know so well, populated by cat videos, how-tos and myriad independent channels and shows, YouTube TV is a direct competitor to cable TV.Available in more than 80 cities nationwide, it offers local TV channels such as ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC as well as cable stalwarts like AMC, ESPN, the Disney Channel, Fox News and Bravo.
Hulu, which launched a live TV service in addition to its catalog of offerings this year, has released some new data about what its users tuned into this year.The streaming service didn’t disclose how many people subscribe, but let’s get into some of the interesting statistics Hulu has revealed:No compatible source was found for this video.Like the infographic states, people were watching comedies more often in 2017 when compared to 2016.Viewers watched 36 percent more comedic movies, and people watched more top comedy shows like Parks and Recreation, Black-ish and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.The most watched movie was Daddy’s Home, which was viewed more than 12 million times in 2017 alone.
Scientists who love Star Wars say the movies are science fantasy, not science fiction.You might assume that "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," which is still set in a “galaxy far, far away,” would have little to do with the physics life on Earth.Grazier, a computer science professor at West Point, also made sure the cinematic science was sound in films like "Gravity" and the TV series "Battlestar Galactica."The idea that a lightsaber that can cut, melt, and burn through just about anything, and the notion that Jedis can use a force to project themselves into distant battlegrounds are both pretty far-fetched.For a devoted Star Wars fan like Grazier, that's okay.Here are four of the coolest ways that the characters in Star Wars are (almost) like us.
Following a hike of 5% in import taxes on smartphones, Apple phones have gotten more expensive in India.The hike was just announced a few days back on appliances including imported televisions, video cameras and mobile phones.It is understood that this move is to energize the “Make in India” initiative of the government.As it is, the iPhone X was priced exorbitantly higher in India than its standard $1000 price.When launched, the iPhone X cost Rs 89,000, which translates to around $1400.Now we have another bump in that price tag.
But he can also flash a smile that melts your heart.And that's notable because I'm a tech fan boy.It's also an issue because bad products may end up hurting an industry that's still so small that few analyst firms follow it.That's part of the reason founders like Naya Health's CEO Janica Alvarez are frustrated by venture capitalists who just don't appear to understand women in technology at all.He called it "disgusting," she told Bloomberg.(Alvarez successfully turned to Kickstarter for her second product, a $79 smart bottle, due early next year).
A Christmas Story Live!, based on the 1983 film and 2012 Broadway musical, airs Sunday.NBC’s annual December live musical has become a holiday season TV tradition, but for the first time in five years, the network is on the sidelines this month after postponing Bye Bye Birdie Live!And, as has been the case with several recent live musicals, the network is partnering with a major brand—Old Navy, the show’s exclusive retail partner—for integrations, six-second and 30-second ads and Facebook Live backstage access.So does his company’s ad sales team.While NBC’s subsequent efforts—live productions of Peter Pan, The Wiz and Hairspray—haven’t replicated those lofty numbers (those three averaged 12 million and a 3.3 demo rating in live-plus-7), the network has continued to rake in ad revenue.“The musicals have been particularly successful because they’re fresh and new, and the fact that they’re done live gives people a reason to tune in live,” says Jill Isherwood, vp, associate director of broadcast research at GSD “And generationally, there’s a love for this genre” thanks to shows like Glee.
Many people don't worry about the security of their personal information until it's too late.And protecting data is even more important for military personnel, whose lives could be in danger if some types of information were to get into the wrong hands.Now, one group reports in ACS Nano a new way to protect data, especially when it is subjected to extreme environmental conditions.According to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, the financial loss from cybercrime in the U.S. was over $1.3 billion in 2016.As this number is only expected to rise in the upcoming years, the military, businesses and individuals are seeking new ways to guard their information.As a result, experts have proposed alternative security methods based on hardware.
Instagram’s feed is changing with new options to follow hashtags but that is not quite all of the changes in store for the photo-focused social platform.Instagram recently confirmed the test of “recommended for you” posts that will display images from users that you aren’t already following.While only in testing for a handful of users, the recommended feature would put posts in the news feed based on posts friends have also liked or commented on and possible suggested posts powered by algorithms.The change would make Instagram a bit more like Facebook by adding recommended posts and not just posts from friends.Instagram says that the feature isn’t entirely new — users can already find posts that friends have liked or other users that friends are now following by scrolling through the following tab inside the notifications or heart icon.The tested feature, however, would move some of those posts into the regular feed.
Twitter today is announcing the launch of a new feature that will allow people to more easily post tweetstorms – that is, those series of connected tweets that have grown to become a popular workaround for getting past Twitter’s character count limitation in order to share longer thoughts.The company confirmed last month it was testing the feature – which it’s now calling “threads” – across its iOS and Android apps.The tweetstorm format has been used for a long time on Twitter, initially by a small number of early adopters, including a16z co-founder Marc Andreessen, who would often pen the equivalent of blog posts using tweets.The need for tweetstorms became more pressing over the years, as users continually bumped up against Twitter’s 140 character count limit – a restriction Twitter recently doubled, ahead of today’s launch.Users have adopted the tweetstorm for a number of reasons – to tell personal, suspenseful or funny stories via Twitter, to connect facts surrounding breaking news, to rant about politics or other issues, or even to just make a longer post more readable and easier to follow.There are now hundreds of thousands of threads tweeted out every day, notes Twitter.
I can assure you that negative FCC comments will be the first traffic to be throttled on our brave new internet.
Rounding up a year in which it precariously brushed its Paint app along the edge of the guillotine, Microsoft has praised the creative tool’s more sophisticated offspring – Paint 3D and Remix 3D – in a Christmas spot entitled 3D Holiday.The ad, which was created by M:United/McCann and Blk-Ops, takes cues from The Wizard of Oz, transporting its heroine and ‘Gabe the Yeti’ doll from 2D into 3D.She jumps through a portal into space and, transported on a magical craft, gathers new friends who were stranded alone on a quincunx of planets.The uniquely fashioned set of characters aims to show how imaginations can be turned into reality through 3D Paint – a fact conveyed in the reveal, which shows the young girl no longer in 2D or 3D but in live action, designing the story on her Microsoft Surface Book.Aside from selling software, the brand also hopes to communicate that ‘when we are inclusive and our differences we can make the world a better place’ – a salient message as the year 2017 rounds to a close.The tagline, spelled out in Christmas fairy lights, reads: ‘Create a better world’.
Standard automotive lidars scan objects with moving laser beams, but flash lidar illuminates the entire scene in an instant in order to take a snapshot.Now comes TetraVue, of Vista, Calif., with a system that it says can make the lidar’s 2D video feed as high-res as a regular camera’s and at the same time cheap enough to be the preeminent component in the sensor suite of tomorrow's self-driving cars.It uses a powerful pulsed yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) laser as its flash and gauges the distance from each pixel in an array to the object it is imaging.Flash lidar has been around for a while, particularly in military applications, where nobody counts the cost.“We put an optical encoder between the lens and the image sensor, and it puts a time stamp on photons as they come in, so we can extract range information,” says Hal Zarem, chief executive of TetraVue.No other lidars will be needed, he adds.
However, the dominance of companies like Amazon has resulted in many retailers and small businesses closing up shop and laying off employees.The broader trend in retail, particularly among millennials, is a shift in focus from products toward experiences.For retailers, this presents an opportunity to leverage technology to literally augment the value of their products for their customers.When it comes to larger items like furniture or household appliances, one of the biggest drawbacks for consumers is that they misjudge the amount of space they have available or dislike the way the item looks once it’s actually in their home.This buyer’s remorse is a huge drain on resources for retailers.”Bonasio continues, “However, AR allows customers to see an item in-store and then project it realistically back at home before finalizing the process by placing the order online.
— Andrew Blakeley (@ABlakeley) November 19, 2013The campaign was signed off months ago but the Christmas fun is only just getting started…You’ve been tweeting @AgencyQuotes all the thingsyouhearinagencies for years — or maybe you’re new to this — but that’s not the point.This month, The Drum is will collaborate with the people behind the Twitter account that sneaks a peek into the quizzical, random and bizarre agency (and client) world in which we live.The keepers of the account, Vikki Ross and Nick Entwistle, have asked readers to tweet all the thingsyouhearthisxmas: the (questionable) team lunch, the (uncomfortable) client lunch, the (legendary) agency party, the (even more legendary) afterparty, the (ugh) morning after and everything in between.The Drum and @AgencyQuotes will curate (ad-speak word) the best of the best and, in the holiday spirit, one tweet will, after careful consideration by our team, be deemed the “Finest Agency Holiday Tweet” of 2017.
Basma Design Basma Design Basma DesignWhen I wear a silk scarf I never feel so definitely like a woman, a beautiful woman’ – Audrey HepburnWhat do Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, the AW17 catwalks and Her Majesty the Queen all have in common?Yes, the iconic printed silk scarf, having suffered something of an image crisis in the Noughties and corrupted by Sloaney kitsch, is currently enjoying a revival reminiscent of the very Golden Era that glamorised it.But for the hipsters and fashion queens of today, the silk scarf is just as likely to worn as an artsy headband, belt, wristband or even turban as it is a stylish neck-cessory.Thanks to French fashion houses such as Céline and Balenciaga, who recently gave the silk scarf a PR makeover for the AW17 catwalks, and popular icons such as Paloma Faith who democratised it, the luxury accessory traditionally associated with Hermes and Gucci is now a high street staple.
As machine learning-fueled tech touches every industry, new job titles are becoming more common.IPsoft has a chief cognitive officer, and Autodesk hires conversational engineers.VentureBeat spoke with Hwang about his many job titles, the portions of AI he thinks are underappreciated, and whether governments should consider the appointment of a Minister of Artificial Intelligence (TL;DR: Probably not).And that’s guiding a lot of what we’re thinking about funding and guides a lot of the grants that we have given out so far.To name some of the spaces that are interesting and relevant, there’s a lot of work and interest in kind of pushing the fund and both of the anchor institutions, MIT and Harvard, toward work on the criminal justice side of things — how these technologies are being sold and deployed to do things like risk assessment and recidivism scores, and thinking about both where these products may not be as good as they’re marketed to be.So the commonality between these things: One is kind of a topic area, like criminal justice, and the other one is kind of a technical area like privacy, but I think in both cases, our assessment is even in the midst of all this investment, these types of topics and tools won’t get the kind of investment that they need.