As soon as you do, you don’t trust the machine and banner wavers all over the country are calling for transparency.Uber is a prime example, having mobilized the entire taxi industry against it.Over the last couple of months we’ve seen numerous example of nefarious business practises and questionable personal behaviour.Porter was the one pointing out the problem, but perhaps she will be facing some uncomfortable questions in the near future.In years gone, companies who were bringing new products to the market used to take the time to explain what these machines did and what the value was to the life of the consumer.Of course, not all of the details were released but there was an effort to comfort the consumer on why the world was changing.
In this piece Orla Power, Head of Marketing for Brite:Bill (an Amdocs company) explores some research into CSP customer expectations and what can be learned from it.This is all very different from the traditional telecoms approach of communicating via traditional monthly – most likely paper – bills and offering a call centre interaction for those who are prepared to wait.Yet, we know that operators are still in the process of transforming their systems to enable them to serve customers effectively and all too often the integration points fail to work smoothly, giving customers inconsistent experiences and exposing operators to the risk of customers leaving at key churn points in the customer relationship.Brite:Bill has recently conducted extensive research with our operator customers across the world and, as part of this, we gathered valuable insights from respondents.Key challenges that were highlighted from the research are similar to the issues we here from the Communications Service Providers (CSPs), including the existence of various churn points.Another key issue is the lack of personalisation in customer on-boarding communications.
This is Darrell, also known as "Hoop," who lives in a suburb of Chicago.He built himself one of the more awesome basement home-theater setups we've seen.Just in time for the Super Bowl, it features a football theme, complete with a gridiron backdrop for the TV."I'm not a professional by any means," he said of his DIY efforts."I try to make things work with a little bit of logic and imagination."Hoop's showcase is part of CNET's Show Us Yours series, in which we feature home theaters and other tech-heavy spaces submitted by readers.
Along with the wide variety of wrought iron connector joints available, you can use this tubular material to create just about anything you dream up — and with little or no tools, to boot!In this project, all you have to do is screw the pieces together and do some very basic cutting and screwing.Whether you’re looking for a clothing storage solution for your studio apartment, or you’re a retailer looking for a cool way to display your wares, this rack will not only do the trick — it’ll add a dash of charm to your space in the process.It’s also ridiculously durable and super simple to break down for transport, making it ideal for people who move around a lot.(2x) plywood pieces, inch thickStep 1: Acquire and cut the wood
Nintendo executives have another reason to celebrate this morning, as NPD Group has just delivered hardware sales rankings for the month of December.Continuing a trend that persisted throughout much of 2017, the Switch finished as the top selling console in the US, beating out the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.That is, of course, unsurprising, considering that the Switch is a new console while the Xbox One and PS4 have been around for a while, but the amount of Switch units Nintendo moved in December might come surprise even those who expected it to do well.In all, NPD says that 1.5 million Switch consoles were sold during the five weeks that make up the December reporting period.December is a pretty critical time for the games industry, as the holiday rush means there’s a lot of money to be made on both hardware and software.While this is to be expected for the Switch since it has a lot of hype behind it, this performance is still impressive because there weren’t really any holiday deals on the Switch to stimulate sales.
BT has overhauled its Mobile Sharer offering aimed at mid-sized businesses.The company has added a range of new features to the service: these include new international roaming zones and a new tariff structure.The latter allows its customers to use their shared UK call, text and data allowances when roaming in the new zones, for a small daily charge.The new zones in the MobileSharer platform include UAE, USA, Australia and China.In addition to these changes, BT has provided additional security for its customers thanks to a partnership with MobileIron.This will provide a new device management service, complementing the existing service from BlackBerry.
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 18, 2018–Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ:OKTA), the leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise, and ServiceNow (NYSE:NOW) today announced the launch of the Okta Identity Cloud for Security Operations app to make threat detection easier and more efficient.The app, now available for purchase in the ServiceNow Store, is built on an integration with ServiceNow Security Operations to help businesses stay ahead of and protect against modern threat actors using ServiceNow.The Okta Identity Cloud, integrated with ServiceNow Security Operations, helps organizations drastically shorten the time they are exposed to user-related risk.The integration helps organizations quickly and easily see extended user information from Okta within ServiceNow so that they can better assess the scope and scale of an incident and take immediate action against an affected user.“The IT and security stacks must evolve to meet the needs of modern cloud infrastructure,” said Frederic Kerrest, Okta COO and co-founder.
Whether the frenzy of initial coin offerings that swept the globe last year was a temporary phenomenon or the start of a lasting revolution, the bottom line is that the bottom line was huge.A new report from the Crypto Valley Association and consulting firm PwC Strategy & notes that through the end of November, there were 430 ICOs worldwide, up from 2 in 2013.Those ICOs raised a collective $4.6 billion.When the final numbers are tallied to include December, the total is likely to be significantly higher.October and November alone included five of the largest offerings ever, to the tune of $494 million.The report highlights a few interesting trends.
But soon he noticed the pop-up appearing on other hate sites and started to poke around.Cloudflare is part of the backend of the internet.The company has more than 7 million customers, from individual bloggers who pay nothing for basic security services to Fortune 50 companies that pay up to a million dollars a year for guaranteed 24-hour support.At Cloudflare, he was in the business of protecting all kinds of clients, including some whose views vaulted way outside the boundaries of acceptable discourse.Five months later, Prince would be forced to make a very public decision about the Daily Stormer, one made against his own best judgment and that presented some of the thorniest and most perplexing challenges to free speech since the ACLU defended neo-Nazis who planned to march in Skokie, Illinois, 40 years ago.From the user’s perspective, the experience is frictionless: You hit the bookmark for, say, a local newspaper and within a split second your screen fills with high school sports scores and reports on the mayoral race.
Going into college, I thought I understood all of the different ways poop could look.My digestion is generally bad, and my eating habits don’t help.But after returning from a four-day-long river trip, I realised just how naive a pooper I was.You’ve probably read every raw water take possible by now, so here’s just a quick reminder.Con artists are trying to sell unfiltered, sterilised water at a premium to rich idiots in the US.They try to find a market with people who think that fluoride in the water is a vast conspiracy—you know, the pseudoscience, anti-government, anti-vaxxer types.
Lexus has been making some big moves lately.The traditionally staid automaker has had a slew of hits with more daring models such as the RC, LC and new LS.That tradition will continue with the LF-1 Limitless concept, perhaps its most interesting concept from the last few years.Lexus claims the LF-1 Limitless "introduces a new genre" of luxury vehicle, the flagship crossover.Whether or not that's true, the Limitless concept packs a wide variety of impressive tech and some handsome character lines.So if something does come to production based on this car, it deserves nothing other than top billing.
The voluntary recall comes two months after Pacifica owners started filing complaints with safety regulators late last year.The announcement on Friday (12 January) comes after multiple minivan owners filed complaints last year, saying their vehicles abruptly shut off while driving including, in some cases, at highway speeds.The company found that "under a rare set of conditions" the vehicle's engine control module (ECM) could "incorrectly assess the engine's operating status", causing it to stall."Most such events known to FCA US reportedly occurred at idle or while starting, turning, or driving at low, steady speeds," the automaker said."Further, most were singular events that occurred over thousands of miles of travel, and customers were able to restart their vehicles immediately afterward."One accident has already potentially been linked to the issue, but no injuries or deaths the automaker said.
After spending more than half a decade living in the nation’s London embassy, Julian Assange has been granted Ecuadorian citizenship.Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, took up residence in the embassy to dodge Swedish extradition over a rape accusation, though he has also expressed worry that the US may request extradition over WikiLeaks’ leaking of classified government documents.Assange’s time living under political asylum in Ecuador’s embassy has been controversial.Though the original case that prompted his stay has since been dropped, Assange remains holed up in the embassy as he still faces arrest in Britain over skipping bail, according to the AP, though fears of a US extradition are no doubt a big contributing factor.In October 2016, Ecuador’s government cut off Assange’s Internet access following WikiLeaks’ publication of Clinton staffers’ emails, accusing the organization of meddling with the US presidential election in a major way.That was a temporary restriction, but it boiled over into conspiracy theories about a raid against the embassy and Assange’s potential demise.
In 2015, Twitter permanently banned alt-right troll Chuck Johnson, after he tweeted that he wanted to "take out" civil rights activist DeRay McKesson.On Monday, Johnson filed a lawsuit against Twitter, arguing that the company banned him for his political beliefs in what he believes is a clear violation of free speech.Last year, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Packingham v. North Carolina, a case in which North Carolina sought to ban child predators from using social platforms.But when First Amendment activists question the steps platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have taken to police user behavior, they often elide one critical detail: The law prohibits the government from limiting speech, but businesses like Twitter are free to moderate however they see fit.These suits tend to hinge on whether social media is the modern-day equivalent of public square because of Marsh v. Alabama, a 1946 Supreme Court case that addressed similar issues.The town of Chickasaw, Alabama had exiled a Jehovah's Witness named Grace Marsh for distributing religious literature.
Matt Starr talks about the future of storage, the IoT and why he would be making wine if he wasn’t in ITWhat is your role and who do you work for?Covering our worldwide customer base, with a focus on our large HPC customers, cloud and federal agencies.I’ve been in IT just over 30 years.When I was an engineer my favourite part was cracking someone else’s code (particularly if it was embedded).One of my favourite projects was when we needed to change the behaviour on a storage device, especially on how it answered on the bus We were able to find the string in the code, change it, and then run the code again to find all of the places where checksums and other protections were put in place to be sure the code was not damaged.
Silicon Valley is about to come back for a fifth season and things are about to change, according to this trailer.The fifth season will also apparently feature “The Tech Awards,” which appears to be the show’s take on the Crunchies — TechCrunch’s long-running award show for the tech industry.
While appliance manufacturers like Samsung and LG are putting computer screens into fridges these days, GE Appliances decided to put one elsewhere — above the stove.The Kitchen Hub is a 27-inch smart hub display that can be installed above your oven and also works as a functioning ventilator.We got to tinker with the appliance at CES2018 and were impressed with not only the innovation, but the functionality.The Kitchen Hub, which will be available to buy in fall 2018 at a price of $600, seems like a logical place to put a screen in your kitchen.And when you’re cooking, you’re often looking at what’s simmering on the stove, and are in need of some type of help (recipe check) and/or entertainment (Michael Jackson playlist on Spotify).It also serves as a literal hub that controls all of your smart-home devices, whether they’re GE-made or not.
It’s pretty safe to say that virtual reality technology is now here.Now that it’s established, however, we’re all asking where it will go from here.Different manufacturers will naturally have different ideas – some might want to improve what they’ve already got with improvements to design, comfort, resolution and software support.Some, however, might want to bring some entirely new features in the mix.Created by LuxidLabs, The LooxidVR headset revealed at CES 2018 falls into the latter category.Well, this is a mobile-powered VR headset (so far so standard) but interestingly it comes with eye-tracking cameras and EEG sensors built in.
Microsoft has paused distributing its Meltdown and Spectre security updates for AMD machines after reports of PCs not booting.Microsoft’s support forums have been full of complaints from PC owners with AMD processors, and the software giant has acknowledged the issue today.Microsoft is blaming AMD’s documentation for the issues.“Microsoft has reports of customers with some AMD devices getting into an unbootable state after installing recent Windows operating system security updates,” says a Microsoft spokesperson.“After investigating, Microsoft has determined that some AMD chipsets do not conform to the documentation previously provided to Microsoft to develop the Windows operating system mitigations to protect against the chipset vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown.”Microsoft is now preventing AMD PCs from receiving updates, to stop machines from getting into an unbootable state.
The first half of Star Trek: Discovery's debut season ended with a white-knuckle cliffhanger, and last night the show returned with a satisfyingly action-packed episode."Despite Yourself" revealed where our characters wound up and stoked the fires of a fan theory about Tyler's identity.Certainly that was the case with Harry Mudd, a comic relief figure from TOS whose DISCO incarnation is sarcastic and bitterly amoral.And as of last night, we're getting the DISCO reboot of the Mirror Universe that first appeared in the oft-GIF'd TOS episode "Mirror, Mirror."So the awkward, nerdy Cadet Tilly is the brash, murderous Captain "Killy" in the Mirror Universe.The Klingons are the good guys, fighting the authoritarian, racist Terran Empire.