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.
Tis’ the season and all that jazz.Along with mulled wine, overdue catch ups and a longing for rest by the fire, it’s also time to think about next year.In among all the Christmas parties, some planning is in order.Marketers continue to tell The Drum how coordinating effective seasonal campaigns is tough.Combining all the collateral, coordinating freelancers, assets and most importantly campaign communications poses a huge challenge.Hosted by The Drum, a webinar “A festive campaign with all the trimmings: a how-to guide on collaborative creativity”, on December 14, will explore how marketers can create collaboratively and effectively using a DAM platform during any seasonal time of the year.
McCann Worldgroup, Adweek’s U.S. Agency of the Year, made two notable leadership changes at its MRM//McCann subsidiary, including promoting its COO, Kate MacNevin, to global president of the digital shop.MacNevin has scored the top global position at MRM, according to McCann, and, as a result, her COO responsibilities will be expanded.“Kate has one of the most passionate, deliberative and exceptional minds in all of advertising,” praised Bill Kolb, McCann Worldgroup global president of diversified agencies and MRM global chairman.“She is respected not just among our partners but across every level of our organization because of her relentless dedication and determination.”In addition to MacNevin’s promotion, MRM hired Joyce Karel as president of its U.S. East division, where she will lead the New York and Princeton, N.J., offices.Karel hails from Wunderman, a digital agency in the WPP network, where she served as director of client services and as a global client leader.
A popular bar in the Houses of Parliament bar has been closed after a fight involving two members of staff.Two men have been arrested after the incident at The Sports and Social club, a regular haunt of parliamentary staff and MPs’ researchers.A 57-year-old man is in custody on suspicion of GBH and affray and a 64-year-old man, also a Commons employee, has been taken to hospital following the incident on Tuesday evening.The fight is thought to have taken place in the alleyway outside the bar.In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called at 18:30hrs on Tuesday, 5 December, to a courtyard within the House of Commons to reports of an altercation between two men.A 57-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and affray and taken to a central London police station.
passengers journeying to and from London Euston have been advised not to travel amid warnings of a day of major disruptions after all lines were closed on Sunday.There will be no services to or from the station on Sunday morning until at least midday due to emergency repairs on downed overhead wires, Network Rail said.Trains operated by Virgin, London Midlands and London Overground will be affected and delays are expected throughout the day, the Press Association reported.A message on the National Rail Enquiries site said: “Customers are advised NOT TO TRAVEL.Customers are advised NOT TO TRAVEL.“No London Midland and Virgin Trains services will be able to depart or arrive at London Euston until at least 12pm.
Premium model doubles capacity, ups IOPS 55 per centThe XG5, announced last May, comes in 256GB, 512GB and 1TB versions, using 64-layer, TLC (3bits/cell) 3D NAND like the XG5-P.There is an SLC (1bit/cell) cache in the XG5 and the same is true for the premium model, probably a larger one.The XG5-P also has better random read/write performance, with its 320,000/265,000 IOPS approximately 55 per cent better in full access range, Tosh trumpets, than that of standard XG5 drives.That might indicate the XG5's previously unrevealed random read/write IOPS to be around 144,000/119,000.The XG5-P's performance is measured with the SLC cache status set to OFF.
“Please be aware that for approximately [four and a half] days, a link on our Download page and the file downloads on our Github release page have been serving two suspicious files of unknown origin,” the warning read.“[A]ll users should presume these files were created with malicious intent.”“Any user who verified the SHA-256 checksum of the download against the checksum listed on our Download pages is already aware the file is not authentic and should not have used the file,” it continues.“The file does not trigger antivirus / anti-malware software, but do not presume the file is safe.”Although the company has since updated its website and Github accounts with the correct installer, all users who downloaded the installer (between November 21, 2017, 09:39 UTC, and November 25, 2017, 22:30 UTC) are advised to get the new version and thoroughly examine their systems for malware and viruses.“[A]ny cryptocurrencies with wallets accessible on that machine should be moved to new wallet addresses immediately,” the post warned.
VMware and AWS look to push hybrid cloud even further with new tools and servicesAmazon Web Services (AWS) and VMware are adding a number of new services to make it easier for customers to move their virtual applications to Amazon’s cloud infrastructure.The two firms had been fierce rivals but surprised the world of IT last year with the announcement of their partnership, which hopes to attract businesses running on-premise virtualisation but keen to harness the advantages of the public cloud.Essentially, through the partnership VMware extends the scope in how its software is deployed and prevents locking-in its customers to using one cloud platform or choosing between on-premise or cloud deployments.For its part, Amazon gets access to VMware’s significant enterprise customer base and thus help them compete in what has become a very competitive market between some of the largest technology companies in the world.VMware Cloud on AWS has been live since August but were only available on one AWS region – US East (Virginia).
Researchers at MIT AeroAstro Labs are working on a unique type of drone – a 3D-printed rocket UAV - that would launch from a fighter jet and achieve near-supersonic speeds.The drone, dubbed Firefly, looks like a small blimp and is aimed at collecting useful data while distracting enemies, according to a report in Popular Mechanics.The vehicle is made out of titanium through 3D printing and will achieve speeds of around 990kmph for two to five minutes with a profile matching the USAF's requirement -- no more than 2.5-inches wide and 17-inches long.Initially, the size and unique launch specifications of the UAV posed problems for the MIT team."There was no vehicle with this speed, at this size that could deploy off an aircraft," John Hansman, MIT professor of aeronautics and astronautics, told Aviation Week."It is too small for a turbine and too fast for electric, while a pulse-jet presents thermal problems."
Many share a common, broader theme, exploring how emerging technologies are changing the intelligence landscape.The Quantum Spy not only offers a provocative look at quantum computing in that context, but is also one of the first English-language spy novels to go deep into the inner-workings of modern Chinese intelligence—including efforts to send assets to US universities, and return home with whatever useful knowledge they've gleaned.The following conversation has been edited for clarity and concision.Where did the genesis of the two major themes of this book come from—one, the Chinese intelligence university threat and, two, quantum computing?All of the traditional themes of the spy novel—penetration, deception, everything you read about in a John le Carré novel—are going digital.The future of the spy novel is going to be realistic.
Brian Josephs, writing for The Outline: New York's northernmost borough is the city's most diverse, has the lowest income per household, and is the only borough without an Apple Store after one opened up in Brooklyn's predominantly white neighborhood of Williamsburg last year.This trend holds true on a national scale.That means 251 of the 270 stores, or 93 percent, are located in majority-white ZIP codes.Of the 19 that are not located in majority-white ZIP codes, eight are in ZIP codes where whites are still the largest racial bloc.For context, Garden City, New York, a city with a population of around 22,000 that is 94 percent white, has an Apple Store.Lake Grove, New York, which has a population of around 11,000 and is 89 percent white, has an Apple Store.
This powerful full-speed 5200mAh charger from Lumina features huge 2.4A output to keep your devices powered up while you're out, or in an emergency.The charger currently averages 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 380 reviewers (read recent reviews here).This item has been included as one of Amazon's "Prime Week" deals of the day, so right now its typical list price of $49.99 has been cut 75% down to just $12.74.See this deal now on Amazon.This story, "Today, 75% off Lumina 5200 mAh Portable Power Bank Charger - Deal Alert" was originally published by TechConnect.
Amateur life-risker Joerg Sprave has successfully built custom slingshots capable of firing everything from bowling balls, to Christmas trees, to lethal Lego bricks.His latest creation, a slingshot that can launch full-size swords, is as ludicrous-sounding as it is awesome to see in action.Sprave’s slingshots are mostly built from wood, but the giant elastics needed to propel a sword that can weigh upwards of four pounds resulted in a weapon that was on the brink of destroying itself before it was actually fired.If Sprave has any plans of one-upping this creation, which seems to be his obsession, he’s going to need to switch to something other than lumber for his home brew arsenal.