MWC (Mobile World Congress) has long been one of the most important events on the mobile calendar.In 2017, MWC brought us the LG G6, the Huawei P10 and many more.Although there are plenty of handsets, and not to mention smartwatches, we’re gagging to get a glimpse of at MWC 2018, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is tipped to be one of the best and a highlight of the show.Often we’re left relying on rumors when it comes to new smartphone releases, but the upcoming flagship has been officially confirmed for MWC.During the lead up to MWC, Samsung has released a series of teaser videos on its South Korean and Mobile YouTube channels, providing us with some clues about what to expect from the S9.One of the main focuses of these teaser videos, particularly this 30-second clip on the brand's Samsung Mobile YouTube Channel, is the camera.
The shortform audio app is fully embracing podcasting today with the launch of Anchor 3.0, which includes a redesigned app, the service’s debut on the web, and tools to distribute a show and track its success.Anchor’s app used to be a bit like Snapchat for audio: you’d record a bunch of brief audio clips, and they’d disappear from your channel after 24 hours.With the new update, creators will be able to string their audio clips together into one long recording — aka a podcast — and distribute it to Apple’s and Google’s podcast platforms, as well as Spotify, Overcast, and Pocketcasts.The app has now been redesigned to focus on podcast creation.None of that is new to Anchor — it’s all been there for existing creators — but the big difference is that you’ll now take all the audio segments you’ve recorded, drag them into the order you want, and then save it all as one big file, instead of pushing the clips to your Anchor station one by one.Anchor is also launching on the web today, where nearly all of those same creation tools will be present.
Making a professional-sounding podcast isn't easy.Most podcasting how-to guides recommend investing in equipment like microphones, audio-editing software, and portable recorders, not to mention a computer.From there, you'll need to learn a set of new software programs and then hunt down a place to host and distribute your podcast.If you aren't technologically savvy, setting off to create an audio show might sound a little nightmarish.Mike Migrano, the co-founder and CEO of Anchor, thought so, too, which is why he created a tool to make the podcast creation process not only easy, but completely free.The only technology you'll need is your phone and Anchor's app (available on both iOS and Android).
How much can customer service be automated?Onward has some straightforward targets — 40 percent of tickets and 40 percent of messages should be automated, and average response times should be 40 seconds on average.Founders Rémi Cossart and Pramod Thammaiah describe this as Automation40 — basically, a set of goals for businesses looking to bring more automation into the customer service process.They compare these targets to fitness goals: The idea isn’t to hit them right away, but rather to have something to aim for.This is a new direction (and new name) for Cossart and Thammaiah’s startup.They were previously building Agent Q, a text message-based shopping assistant.
Electronics chain Maplin could be the next former giant of high street retail to disappear and see its presence replaced by charity shops and Caffe Neros, as the money men currently in charge are said to be planning for a possible pre-pack administration to fend off total annihilation.Current owner Rutland Partners only bought the group in 2014, and things have not been kind since.The chain lost some of its credit insurance deals last year, which resulted in some suppliers pulling their support and products -- often the first stage in chains going bust, as this loss of confidence tends to snowball.Maplin told Sky News that it hopes a full going concern sale is on the cards, although other sources claim a pre-pack administration is also possible.The latter option is a particularly grim piece of financial wizardry, wherein profitable parts of the business are hacked off from the debts and sold separately before any insolvency process kicks in, often scything headcounts and premises in the process.
A new Samsung smartphone with the model number SM-J400F has just been benchmarked.The model number SM-J400F is an indication that the device belongs to the J series of Galaxy phones, and could precisely be the Samsung Galaxy J4.From the available details on the Bench site, the alleged Galaxy J4 is expected to be powered by an Exynos 7570 chipset paired with 2GB of RAM.The device is seen running the Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box, while it pulled a total of 623 points and 1813 points in the single-core and multi-core tests, respectively.Unfortunately, the listing did not reveal anything else about the Samsung Galaxy J4 and been the very first time the device is making headlines, so details are still scarce.Samsung will be unveiling the Galaxy S9 duo in a couple of days from now, few other phones and maybe the J4 could see the light of the then at its Feb. 25th event in Barcelona
VyprVPN has in excess of 700 servers across more than 70 locations with over 200,000 shared IPs available to its users.This VPN offers very fast performance and includes some great extras such as an auto-connect option, a kill switch and added security thanks to VyprDNS.They own and manage their own VPN servers and VyprVPN even has its own Chameleon technology which uses unmodified OpenVPN 256-bit protocol to scramble metadata to prevent DPI, VPN blocking and throttling.There's even a NAT Firewall to provide an extra layer of security for your VyprVPN connection and offers additional protection on your router or mobile device and thanks to VyprVPN Cloud, you can control your very own Cloud VPN server.And to celebrate Chinese new year today (which in China will last more than a few days) VyprVPN is even giving new customers 25% off when they sign up today.
The company has become popular around its home base, and well beyond, for its line of sleek wristwatches and business-class accessories like leather-bound notebooks and handbags.Following its first turntable, The Runwell, Shinola introduced the Canfield headphone series, including on-ear, over-ear, and in-ear models.Here we check out the on-ear Canfield, which are luxuriously appointed with sparkling cuts of steel and rich leather, and priced accordingly at a whopping $495 per pair in silver and cognac or silver and black (and $550 in gloss black).But can this watchmaker-turned-audio brand churn out a pair of audiophile cans worth their audiophile price?Shinola says the headphones are designed “specifically to perform with any smartphone,” and we’ll agree — they’re incredibly easy to drive with any device.But, at this price, we were surprised there wasn’t an adapter supplied for use with high-end components — especially since the instructions explicitly recommend using an amp for “critical listening.” No matter, we’ve got our own.
While deporting people, Raphael A. Sanchez committed fraud in their namesUnusually, the perp was serving as the head lawyer for the US government's Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Office of Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) at the time.And rather than turning to the dark web for stolen personal information, he relied on ICE's database of non-Americans in the Land of the Free.Raphael A. Sanchez, 44, former chief counsel of the OPLA, which provides legal services to ICE, pleaded guilty today to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for using information stolen from numerous non-citizens for personal enrichment."Raphael Sanchez betrayed that solemn responsibility and abused his official position to prey upon aliens for his own personal gain," said Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan in a statement, adding that we should not let one bad actor mar the work of ICE – which generally involves rounding up undocumented aliens and booting them from the US.In his guilty plea, Sanchez, who oversaw deportation proceedings in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, acknowledged that, from October 2013 through October 2017, he defrauded seven aliens who were in various stages of court proceedings to be ejected from or excluded from the country.
Coinbase, a company that houses people's digital wallets for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, has a new way to pay.The service, called Coinbase Commerce, "enables merchants to accept multiple cryptocurrencies" so funds arrive directly in their own wallets.It can be integrated straight into their own online checkout processes, Coinbase said in a blog post Wednesday.Bitcoin rose to prominence as a digital currency, but many today are cautious since its value has been highly volatile, transaction times are slow, transaction fees have been increasing, and many people bought cryptocurrencies not to spend it but to hang on in hopes its worth would continue to skyrocket."Bitcoin has evolved to become better-suited to being an asset than being a means of exchange...This has led to Bitcoin becoming less useful for payments," payment processor Stripe said in January of its decision to stop accepting bitcoin payments.
Remember the days when Facebook’s News Feed was full of listicles from the likes of BuzzFeed?A new feature from the social network has them poised to return, but from your friends and family, not from publishers.Facebook Tuesday began rolling out Lists, which enables users to create and share text lists, clone lists from friends and family that pop up in their News Feeds and ask friends to answer lists.Lists can also be customized with colors and emojis.Facebook had not yet responded to a request for comment at the time of this post on whether data from its new Lists would be used for ad-targeting purposes.Error loading player: No playable sources found
Julian Assange addressing supporters outside Ecuador's London embassy in May 2017.Julian Assange's lawyers took a case to court in London today, asking for an arrest warrant against him to be dropped.She said Assange "appears to consider himself above the normal rules of law" and called on him to have the "courage" to come to court like others accused of wrongdoing.A British judge has called out Julian Assange for cowardice after he decided not to come to a court hearing in which he asked police to give up trying to arrest him.Assange has been hiding out in Ecuador's London embassy for the past five and a half years in an effort to avoid an arrest linked to claims of sexual misconduct in Sweden.He would likely be arrested if he were to leave and try to go to court, which is the course of action Arbuthnot appears to be recommending.
Acquisitions accelerate Oracle’s growth and further expand national footprintTAMPA, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–February 13, 2018–Oracle Elevator (“Oracle” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the completion of four acquisitions in addition to the previously announced acquisitions of Daytona Elevator and Florida State Elevator earlier in 2017.All six acquisitions completed within the last ten months provide elevator maintenance, repair and modernization services and will enhance Oracle’s position as the leading independent alternative to the Big Four elevator manufacturers.Specifically, the Company is excited to announce the acquisition of SCS Elevator (Florida), Texas Independent Elevator and Premier Elevator Services (Texas), and Triangle Elevator (North Carolina).The acquisition of SCS Elevator further expands Oracle’s footprint in central and south Florida, and the operations will be added to the Company’s existing branches in Orlando, Tampa, and Palm Beach.
Four years into creating an industry standard for viewability that was meant to assure advertisers humans are seeing their online ads, brands are still fine-tuning the metrics used to gauge whether someone saw a promo.And in turn, tension between advertisers, publishers and ad-tech companies is increasing from the manual work needed to change processes.IBM is the latest brand to demand more from its digital advertising partners.In an email to publishers (including Adweek) in December from the brand and its agency GroupM, IBM said it started making transactions off of stricter viewability standards than watchdog group Media Rating Council, or MRC, calls for.“We have been clear over the years that our goal was to enhance [the MRC’s] definition over time and that we would be tracking and optimizing against greater pixels in view and time spent,” read the email.In 2014, the MRC established a set of standards to measure viewability, requiring 50 percent of a display ad to be in view on a screen for one second (two seconds for video ads) before an advertiser is charged.
Amazon is cutting hundreds of jobs at its Seattle headquarters and elsewhere, the Seattle Times reported.The cuts are mostly related to the consumer retail division of the company.The layoffs are happening amid massive growth in other parts of the company and a promise to move or hire at least 50,000 people at a new HQ.Amazon is shedding hundreds of corporate employees.The cuts are mostly in the company's retail division — the part in charge of actually selling stuff to customers — according to the Seattle Times.An exact number has not been announced yet, but it's expected to be "several hundred."
A display from the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Winter Olympics organizers say a cyberattack hit their computer servers during the opening ceremonies, Yonhap reported on Saturday.The cyberattack follows a string of previous incidents involving various Winter Olympics computer systems, including a spying operation that is believed to have originated from North Korea.Winter Olympics organizers say their omputer servers experienced a cyberattack during opening ceremonies, Yonhap reported on Friday.Officials are trying to figure out who is responsible.Organizer said that internet-connected televisions crashes at the press center, according to officials cited by the report.
Although his sports car veered off course, Musk is confident automobile manufacturing will soon be back on track.One of the world’s most hyped car companies has posted its worst ever quarterly loss, with Tesla draining $675.4m (£487) Q4 2017, five times the $121.3m lost in the equivalent period the year before.In the three months up to the end of 2017, Tesla posted a gross profit of $438.8m, boosting the year’s entire profit to $2.2bn.Yet hefty losses from operating expenses sent Tesla’s net losses in 2017 skyrocketing to $1.96bn.Musk’s SpaceX launched his personal red Roadster into outer space on the Falcon Heavy rocket on Wednesday.Although his sports car has veered off course, Musk is confident his mass automobile manufacturing will soon be back on track.
Spoiling old dogs in their twilight years by retiring them to the sofa and forgiving them their stubbornness or disobedience, doesn't do our four-legged friends any good.Physical limitations, however, often do not allow the same sort of training as used in young dogs.Simple mental tasks on the computer, combined with a reward system, can replace physically demanding training and still keep the animals mentally fit even in old age.First, however, the method must be taken out of the laboratory and transferred to the living room.Tablet games like "sudoku" for old dogsAt obedience school or in private, puppies and young dogs are socialised and challenged using a variety of training methods to help them integrate smoothly into our daily lives.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] -- Greenland's vast ice sheet has long been home to Project Iceworm, an abandoned Cold War-era U.S. Army initiative designed to deploy ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads against the Soviet Union.The consequences, a new study finds, could extend far beyond those to the environment -- creating unexpected cleanup costs or costs for compensating local inhabitants affected by environmental problems as well as political and diplomatic conflict between the U.S. and countries hosting the bases.Jeff D. Colgan, an associate professor of political science and international studies at Brown University, details the consequences of Project Iceworm in a new study published in Global Environmental Politics.Those effects are secondary environmental problems -- such as damage to infrastructure or the release of chemicals or waste -- that can manifest when temperatures and sea levels rise.Project Iceworm was a particularly useful site to study in considering the impact of climate change on military bases, Colgan says, because climate change has dramatically affected weather patterns in Greenland.There is also diesel fuel and a reportedly small volume of low-level radioactive waste at the sites, according to Colgan.
For all that they do, smartphones have always had one weakness: gravity.Few things in day-to-day life can induce a feeling of panic more quickly than dropping (or dropping something on) your phone.While the display inside your phone is relatively well protected by a sheet of glass, that glass can be fragile itself, not to mention expensive to fix once shattered.Companies like Corning have attempted to strengthen the glass we use on use on our phones in developing products like Gorilla Glass.Then there are protective accessories like cases and tempered glass screen protectors, but as much as all of that helps, there isn’t really a 100% effective way to protect the sheet of glass on the front of your phone from shattering – unless, of course, you never drop your phone in the first place, something that’s easier said than done.That may not be the case for much longer.